Oliver Kylington

Darren Walker

Kylington is an offensive-minded defenseman who is viewed by many as the true wildcard
of the draft. He loves to rush the puck up the ice and push the pace of the game. He has ice in his
veins and looks to have poise beyond his years with the puck on his stick. Kylington makes excellent
offensive zone reads and is hard to defend from the point as he disguises his intentions well. Skating
is exceptionally smooth and he can pick up speed or change direction in a flash. He is likely one of
or the even the best skater in the entire draft. Moves the puck well and can spot developing opportunities
with his great anticipation. Makes excellent, strong passes both short- and long-range. We
love his vision coming out of his own zone and his ability to head man the puck to his forwards up
ice. Great in transition and doesn’t ever limit himself, always finding alternative plays if problems
arise with his original plan. He doesn’t have an overpowering shot but can get the puck on net
and is able to get the puck off his blade quickly. Kylington is good defensively, using his stick
and good awareness to read and react to plays unfolding. He has the foot speed to close gaps
and force plays away from the net and into a position where he can force a turnover. He denies
all passing options that are available. Will use his body to muscle the man off the puck,
but won’t step up to crush him with a check; a simple rubbing out of the man seems to do
the trick in his mind. He isn’t a very big or physical defender, but doesn’t get manhandled in
the corners or in front of his net. Takes control in possession with his quick hands and feet
that he can change the speed of to meet the conditions; Kylington will rush the puck and
is a threat to watch out for whenever he touches the puck. The comparisons that have
been floated out there include fellow countrymen, Oliver Ekman-Larsson or Erik Karlsson;
although, he has a ways to go to reach those lofty comparisons. If he continues
to develop he could be a premier player in the NHL for years to come.  (May 2015)