Future Watch: Alex Nylander Rookie Hockey Cards, Sabres – Alex Nylander was selected eighth overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. His brother, William, currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the not too distant future, we will see the younger Nylander playing in the best league in the world as well.
After starring in Sweden, Alex played one season with the Mississauga Steelheads. Scoring 75 points in 57 games helped make him a top-ten pick. His 28 regular season goals and six playoff goals are a good indicator that Nylander is expected to be a goal scorer at the next level.
He started the season with the Sabres AHL affiliate, Rochester, and he struggled. He ended up with just 10 goals and 28 points in 65 games. Even though the numbers weren’t ideal, he was called up to the Sabres where he played four games, tallying one point. His first game was against his brother when the Sabres played the Maple Leafs. That was an early career highlight for the Swede.
At 6′-1″, 181 pounds this winger has all the tools. He has a fast shot, he’s an excellent skater and he’s dangerous anytime he has the puck. Like most youngsters, he must work on covering his own end a bit better but his flair for getting big goals glosses over that.
Alex Nylander’s first NHL licensed rookie card can be found in 2017-18 Upper Deck MVP Hockey. He has a Marquee Rookie Card in the recently released 2017-18 O-Pee-Chee Hockey as well. Collectors can also find a card of him in Upper Deck’s 2016-17 AHL set.
In the 2017 U20 World Junior Championships, Nylander scored 12 points in seven games. He had five goals and was selected to the All-Star team for the tournament.
Here’s a look at those highlights:
Nylander will have a great chance to make the Sabres out of training camp this season. He’s already pretty fast and pretty strong. If he picked up a few points in his first pro season collectors should be hearing about this potential star all season long.
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