Oliver is a very good skater with first-step quickness and fine balance. He’s a two-way defenseman who loves to join the offensive rush. He’s smart, with excellent hockey sense and passing skills, and can read situations very well. - Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb
A two-way defenseman, Kylington split the 2014-15 season between Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League (2-3—5 in 18 GP) and AIK of Sweden’s second division (4-3—7 in 17 GP). He also suited up for 10 games with Farjestad’s junior team, registering 4-3—7 in 10 appearances. In 2013-14, Kylington became the youngest player to score a goal in SHL history (16 years, 4 months, 10 days) after netting the game-winner in his Farjestad debut.
Internationally, Kylington has represented Sweden at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He was unable to participate in the 2015 World Junior Championship due to injury.
Lists Johnny Oduya of the Chicago Blackhawks and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, both fellow blueliners, among his favorite NHL players.
His mother is a native of Eritrea, a country on the Horn of Africa with a population of approximately 6.3 million people.
Skating, skill make Kylington's prospects intriguing
My dad has been a big supporter for me in my hockey. He didn't play hockey when he was little; just for fun. He played handball. He had a bit of a passion for hockey and when I was little I tried out some sports like soccer, hockey and floorball. I liked hockey and soccer. When I got to an age I chose hockey and I stuck to it. My mom supported me in every way. They didn't have any hockey in Africa, but she always has supported me and been there for me. - Oliver Kylington