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Alexander Nylander signs with Sabres

Forward who was No. 8 pick in Draft gets entry-level contract

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Forward Alexander Nylander signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

Nylander, 18, was selected with the No. 8 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center in Buffalo on June 24.

"We are extremely pleased to sign Alex to his entry-level deal," general manager Tim Murray told the Sabres website. "When we selected Alex, we obviously knew he was a talented, skilled player. We look forward to him coming to training camp and competing for a job."

Nylander (6-foot-1, 178 pounds) led Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League with 28 goals and 47 assists in 57 games last season. He won the OHL and CHL rookie of the year awards and had six goals and 12 points in six OHL playoff games.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Nylander has Canadian and Swedish citizenship. His brother, William Nylander, plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs after being taken with the No. 8 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Their father, Michael Nylander, played 15 seasons as a forward in the NHL from 1992-2009.

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