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Alexander Nylander
Canadian ice hockey player

Alexander Nylander

Alexander Nylander
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Canadian ice hockey player
Is Athlete Ice hockey player
From Canada
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 2 March 1998, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Age 25 years
Star sign Pisces
Father: Michael Nylander
Siblings: William Nylander
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 180 lbs
Sports Teams
Mississauga Steelheads
The details (from wikipedia)


Alexander Maximiliam Michael Junior Nylander Altelius (born 2 March 1998) is a Canadian-born Swedish professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 8th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

Major junior

Nylander was selected 12th overall by the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League at the 2015 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. On 5 September 2015, Nylander committed to Steelheads with his father joining as assistant coach. His reasons for joining include being close to his brother William and to have the chance to play the Canadian style of hockey.

In his only season with the Steelheads, Nylander led all rookies in scoring, and was awarded both the Emms Family Award as OHL Rookie of the Year and CHL Rookie of the Year.

Leading up to the NHL draft, Nylander was ranked the No. 3 North American skater. He was described as a dynamic offensive player with a great shot and playmaking ability.


Nylander was selected 8th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL Draft. On 15 July 2016, the Sabres signed Nylander to a three-year entry-level contract.

Nylander was called up to the NHL for the first time on 3 April 2017, to play in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nylander played 14:28 minutes during the 4–2 loss. After playing four games in the NHL he was reassigned back to their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.

The Sabres assigned Nylander to their AHL affiliate before finalizing their roster for the 2017–18 season. Nylander suffered a lower-body injury in mid-September during the Buffalo Sabres' first prospect game, causing him to miss the rest of the training camp and the beginning of the 2017–18 AHL season. He returned to the lineup on 17 November 2017, for a game against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Despite a slow start, Nylander was called up to the NHL on 3 April 2018. He recorded his first career NHL goal on 6 April 2018 in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. After the Sabres failed to qualify for the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, Nylander was reassigned to the AHL.

On 9 July 2019, Nylander was traded by the Sabres to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for fellow first-rounder Henri Jokiharju and opted to wear sweater #92 with the club, the same number his father wore. Nylander appeared in 65 games during the condensed 2019–20 NHL season for the Blackhawks, where he recorded 10 goals and 16 assists. Nylander appeared in eight postseason games for Chicago but failed to register a point. He injured his left knee in the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, and missed the entire 2020–21 NHL season while recovering from surgery.

Nylander re-signed with Chicago on a one-year contract worth $874,125 on August 16, 2021.

International play

Despite being born in Canada, like his brother, Nylander represents Sweden in international play.

At the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Helsinki, Nylander led the Swedish team in points with four goals and five assists. Team Sweden finished fourth at the tournament.

Nylander was also chosen to represent Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships. Nylander led Team Sweden to the silver medal in the 2018 World Junior Championships where he had 1 goal and 6 assists in 7 games. He was also awarded Player of the game.

Personal life

Alexander was born in Calgary while his father, Michael, played for the Calgary Flames. He spent the majority of his youth in the United States where his father played for a multitude of NHL teams, and spending the summers in Sweden.

His older brother, William plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was also drafted 8th overall, 2 years earlier.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 AIK J20 42 15 25 40 12 2 0 1 1 0
2014–15 AIK Allsv 3 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 2 0
2015–16 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 57 28 47 75 18 6 6 6 12 2
2016–17 Rochester Americans AHL 65 10 18 28 6
2016–17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 4 0 1 1 0
2017–18 Rochester Americans AHL 51 8 19 27 10 3 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 1 0 1 0
2018–19 Rochester Americans AHL 49 12 19 31 12
2018–19 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 2 2 4 4
2019–20 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 10 16 26 10 8 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 84 13 19 32 14 8 0 0 0 2


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Sweden U17 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 6 2 5 7 0
2015 Sweden IH18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 5 2 4 6 6
2016 Sweden WJC18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 7 3 8 11 0
2016 Sweden WJC 4th 7 4 5 9 0
2017 Sweden WJC 4th 7 5 7 12 0
2018 Sweden WJC 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 7 1 6 7 2
Junior totals 32 14 27 41 8
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 06 Nov 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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