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Sport Chek Prospect Profile: Alexander Nylander

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Vitals

  • Position: Left Wing
  • Date of birth: March 2, 1998
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height: 6' 0"
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • 2015-16 team: Mississauga, OHL

Scouting Report

"He's just a dynamic offensive player. He has an ability to create offense whether it's on the rush or off the cycle and his shot and playmaking ability are great. He really has an ability to effect the game in so many ways offensively." - Matt Ryan, Central Scouting

"Dynamic player with an elite skill set to go along with NHL speed and quickness. Skilled to make plays at top speed and extremely dangerous in 1-on-1 situations. Very good offensive hockey sense to create scoring chances and deceptively quick offensive instincts which make him a scoring threat every time he's on the ice." - NHL Central Scouting

"Nylander delivered on the anticipated promise of the quality of his last name, and consistently brought top line flair to the rink this season. Though not the most aesthetically pleasing skater out there, Nylander has compounding speed where he gets faster with the more strides he cuts. His agility with the puck is incredible, especially noticeable from a standstill, where he can slither and slip away from any check thrown at him. His hands are exceptional guiding stickhandling that wows now, and will bring fans out of their seats later in the NHL. Nylander’s best defensive trait is very important to a possession centered team: he has such a desire to have the puck and own it that he is a beast on the backcheck in terms of hounding and stripping pucks cleanly. A full fledged artist, he is more of an intense shooter with a rocket than his brother William and can playmake just as well because of his escapability, vision of the field, and hands. Nylander still has some filling out to do, which puts his upside in a scary realm." - Anthony Mauro, DraftBuzz Hockey

Profile

  • Nylander, a member of the Mississauga Steelheads in 2015-16, led all Ontario Hockey League rookies with 75 points in 57 games (28-47—75). Adding to his strong numbers in the postseason, Nylander averaged two points per game (6-6—12 in 6 GP) for the Steelheads in their first round loss to Barrie.
  • After his strong 2015-16 campaign, Nylander was named OHL Rookie of the Year and Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year.
  • Nylander led Sweden’s fourth-place entry at the 2016 World Junior Championship with 4-5—9 in seven games. He assisted on a goal by his brother and linemate, William Nylander, before William was injured in the first game of the tournament.
  • Internationally, Nylander also earned silver while representing Sweden at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship, where he led the team with 3-8—11 in seven games. He also captured silver for his country at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial (2-4—6 in 5 GP) and bronze as Sweden’s leading scorer at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (2-5—7 in 7 GP).
  • His father, Michael Nylander, played for seven NHL teams spanning a 920-game, 15-season career and currently serves as an assistant coach with the Steelheads. His brother, William, was selected eighth overall by the Maple Leafs at the 2014 NHL Draft and dressed for 22 games with the club in 2015-16.

Nylander wins OHL rookie of the year

"It's a great honor to be selected rookie of the year. I couldn't do this without my teammates, coaching staff and I thank the Steelheads for the opportunity." - Alexander Nylander

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