The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Alex Nylander on a one-year contract that runs through the 2021-22 season ($874,125 salary cap hit).
"With Alex's pedigree and being only 23-years-old, we feel as if there is still plenty of room for growth in his game. He is just scratching the surface of the type of player we feel he is capable of becoming," said President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Stan Bowman. "This will be an important season for him to perform consistently and contribute offensively. His size and skill are a unique combination that make him an intriguing option for our coaching staff to utilize anywhere in the lineup."
Nylander was acquired by Chicago on July 9, 2019 from the Buffalo Sabres and produced National Hockey League career highs in games played (65), goals (10), assists (16) and points (26) for the Blackhawks during the 2019-20 campaign, his first season with the team. His 10 goals shared seventh and his 26 points shared ninth among league rookies that year. He also skated in eight 2020 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Selected in the first round (8th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft by Buffalo, Nylander has played in 84 career NHL games and scored 32 points (13G, 19A). He made his league debut on April 3, 2017 vs. Toronto.
Alex's father, Michael, played for the Blackhawks from 1999-2002. In 239 career games with Chicago, Michael had 180 points (63G, 117A). He also skated in five postseason games with the Blackhawks, tallying three assists. He played 15 years in the NHL, skating in 920 regular-season games while tallying 679 points (209G, 470A). His brother, William, just completed his sixth season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.