BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 24, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres selected forward Alexander Nylander (Mississauga – OHL) with the eighth overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center.
Nylander (6’1”, 178 lbs., 3/2/1998) finished the 2015-16 season ranked third among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting after leading all Mississauga skaters in goals (28), assists (47) and points (75) in his first season with the Steelheads, adding a team-high 12 points (6+6) in six playoff games. The 75-point output, which also led all OHL rookies, earned Nylander both OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year honors.
The Stockholm, Sweden native also excelled in international competitions in 2015-16, representing Sweden in two different tournaments and posting more than a point per game in both. He led Sweden’s 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship team with nine points (4+5) in seven games and earned a silver medal while leading Sweden with 11 points (3+8) in seven games the 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.