With the eighth pick in the 2016 NHL Draft the Buffalo Sabres have selected Alex Nylander from the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League.
About Alexander Nylander
Brother of Leafs’ prospect William Nylander, he has some similar attributes to both William and his father (Michael). He’s a smooth skater with great vision in all zones. His shot is top-notch and he can get it away quickly. But that shouldn’t take away from his playmaking ability. He’s a player that can make the tape-to-tape pass and his hockey IQ is comparable to many.
In his first season in the OHL, he delivered 75 points (28g-47a) in just 57 regular season games. He added 12 points (6g-6a) in just six playoff games for Mississauga.
He’s adapted to the North American game, but hasn’t lost the ability to play at an international level as well. While some expected the Sabres to take a defenceman, Nylander will be a great addition to a young centre like Sam Reinhart or Jack Eichel.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) June 25, 2016
Buffalo Sabres: Offensive Prowess
In the midst of growing, the Sabres add another strong offensive threat in Nylander to an already youthful group. Names like Eichel, Reinhart, Ristolainen and O’Reilly, the Sabres are looking to rejuvenate the excitement that once surrounded this franchise. And right now, they’re on the right track.
Adding the CHL’s Rookie of the Year from 2015-16 is impressive for a franchise like Buffalo. To be able to add a winger with the pure skill that Nylander has is something that team’s look for at the draft.
The Sabres have picked once at eighth overall – in 2013 – when the took Rasmus Ristolainen. And while we’re still waiting to see exactly what he’s able to do, there’s no question that Ristolainen and Nylander will be a big part of the future in Buffalo.
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.