Forward Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads was among the 26 players that invited to attend Sweden’s training camp for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Nylander is 8th in Future Considerations’ November ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft. He has 21 goals and 47 points in 31 games as a rookie with the Steelheads.
“I’m not sure if Alex will make the cut as he still is missing many fundamental aspects in his game needed to play at this level, but one aspect that would be fun to watch his dynamic puck skills, speed and playmaking ability,” Future Considerations scouting director Dan Stewart said. “It is scorers role or bust for the youngest Nylander.”
Forwards Rasmus Asplund of Farjestad and Carl Grundstrom of Modo and defenseman Sebastian Aho of Skelleftea, each eligible for the 2016 draft, were also invited.
“Should he make the team, Grundstrom will likely play a scorers role on the wing of one the top two lines,” Stewart said. “His drive and skill combo should see him put up some solid production in Helsinki. Asplund is not a guy that will likely be utilized to create much offense, although he has the ability to do so. He will likely be used to shut down the opposition and see heavy PK minutes.”
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The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship will be hosted in Helsinki, Finland. It begins on December 26, 2015, and will end with the gold medal game on January 5, 2016.