Nylander nabs Emms Family Award

Aaron Vickers2016 Draft Center

Mississauga Steelheads rookie Alexander Nylander is at the head of his class.

The Ontario Hockey League named Nylander as the 2015-16 recipient of the Emms Family Award presented to the OHL’s Rookie of the Year.

“It’s a great honour to be selected Rookie of the Year,” Nylander said in a release. “I couldn’t do this without my teammates, coaching staff and I thank the Steelheads for the opportunity.”

Nylander led all OHL rookies with 75 points in 57 games played. He scored 28 goals and 47 assists to finish 19th overall in league scoring. The 18-year-old also set a new Steelheads record for points by a rookie, and is the first player in franchise history to win the Emms Family Award.

He is seventh in Future Considerations’ March ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft.

Nylander earned OHL Rookie of the Month honours in October, November and February. He was also recognized as being the second-best stickhandler, second-best shootout shootout and for having the third-best shot in the Eastern Conference Coaches Poll.

“Alex made a seamless transition into the Ontario Hockey League, quickly becoming a key member of our hockey club and a valued teammate,” Steelheads general manager and head coach James Boyd said in the release. “His exciting style of play thrilled our fans all season long. Alex is a focused player who is willing to put the work in to get better every day and is extremely deserving of this special award.”

Nylander earned 84 of a possible 95 voting points ahead of Cam Dineen of the North Bay Battalion and Boris Katchouk of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, who tied for second with 30 voting points each.