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FLAMES TOP PROSPECTS - OLIVER KYLINGTON

At just 20 years old, the defenceman already has four years of professional experience

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

From June 10-19, CalgaryFlames.com will be highlighting the organization's most promising prospects - players who have made tremendous strides since being drafted and those who could make a push for a roster spot in the near future.

At just 20 years old, Oliver Kylington already has four years of professional experience on his resume.

In the 2013-14 season, at 16 years of age, the Swedish defenceman worked his way through the Farjestad BK system, spending time with it's J18 and J20 squads but playing the majority of the year with their Swedish Hockey League team. He played 31 games against men, scoring two goals and six points in the process. In a combined 23 games with Farjestad's junior clubs, he posted an impressive six goals and 24 points.

In his draft-eligible 2014-15 campaign, Kylington spent time between the Farjestad's J20 team, the SHL and AIK, a team in Sweden's second pro league, Allsvenskan. In a combined 45 games that year, the blueliner put up 10 goals and 19 points and was tabbed as NHL Central Scouting's sixth-ranked international skater ahead of the 2015 NHL Draft.

In order to draft the rearguard, the Flames ended up sending a pair of third picks to Arizona to move up and acquire one of their second round picks. Ultimately, Calgary nabbed Kylington with the 60th overall selection. Flames GM Brad Treliving was thrilled to land the defenceman, calling him an elite skater with tremendous upside thanks to his offensive skill.

Given he was drafted out of Sweden, Kylington could be assigned to the American Hockey League for the 2015-16 season, at just 18 years old. While the Brandon Wheat Kings held his Canadian Hockey League rights, the Flames felt he was better suited playing pro hockey and assigned him to the Stockton Heat that fall.

As a rookie - and the youngest player in the AHL in 2015-16 - Kylington scored five goals and 12 points through 47 games. He also was recalled at the end of the regular season and made his NHL debut on Apr. 9 in Minnesota. In his 17:22 of ice time against the Wild, he put one shot on net.

Kylington followed up his strong rookie season by more than doubling his point total in 2016-17, putting up six goals and 27 points through 60 skates. He also played in all five of the Heat's postseason games against San Jose, picking up one assist in the playoffs.

In addition to his time with the Heat last season, Kylington also suited up for Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. In seven games, he had four assists and 22 shots.

Video: Get to know Flames prospect Oliver Kylington

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