The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team signed forward Alexander Nylander to a three-year, entry-level contract.
"We are extremely pleased to sign Alex to his entry-level deal," said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. "When we selected Alex, we obviously knew he was a talented, skilled player. We look forward to him coming to training camp and competing for a job."
Nylander (age 18, 6'1", 178 pounds) was the Sabres' first-round selection (No. 8 overall) in the 2016 NHL draft. He led all Mississauga Steelhead (OHL) skaters in goals (28), assists (47) and points (75) in 2015-16, and added 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.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Nylander represented Sweden in two different tournaments last season and posted 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 during the 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.