Nylander commits to Steelheads

Aaron Vickers2016 Draft Center

Alexander Nylander is coming to North America for his draft year.

Nylander, 14th in Future Considerations preliminary ranking, has committed to joining the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2015-16 season.

“Alexander Nylander is a highly skilled forward, who plays the game at a high speed. Alex’s attributes will allow him to be a key contributor with our hockey club right away,” Steelheads head coach and general manager James Boyd told the team’s website.

Nylander was selected in the first round (No. 12) of the CHL Import Draft.

He spent the majority of the 2014 – 15 season with AIK J20 of the Swedish J20 SuperElit League; scoring 15 goals and a team high 42 points in 40 games. Nylander also skated in three games for AIK’s Allsvenskan team last season.

The 17-year-old helped Sweden to a silver medal at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, recroding six points in five games. Nylander also skated with Sweden’s entry at the World Under-17 Challenge in Sarnia, and recorded a team-best seven points in six games en route to bronze.

He is the brother of Toronto Maple Leafs first round pick William Nylander, and the son of former NHLer Michael Nylander, who spent 15 seasons in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. In 920 career NHL games, he scored 209 goals and 679 points.