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Sport Chek Prospect Profile: Oliver Kylington

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Vitals

  • Position: Defenseman
  • Date of birth: 5/19/1997
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6'0
  • Weight: 185 lbs
  • 2014-15 team: Farjestad (SWE)

Scouting Report

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

Profile

  • 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

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