Chicago Blackhawks reach 1-year deal with Alex Nylander; “he’s just scratching the surface”

Blackhawks sign former first round pick.

BLACKHAWKS SIGN NYLANDER
Mar 11, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex Nylander (92) scores a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the third period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Restricted free agent forward Alex Nylander agreed to terms on a one-year, $874,125 contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

Nylander underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee on Dec. 21 and did not play last season. He recorded career highs in goals (10), assists (16), points (26) and games played (65) in 2019-20.

Blackhawks sign Alex Nylander

“With Alex’s pedigree and being only 23 years old, we feel as if there is still plenty of room for growth in his game,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “He is just scratching the surface of the type of player we feel he is capable of becoming.

“This will be an important season for him to perform consistently and contribute offensively. His size (6-foot-1, 192 pounds) and skill are a unique combination that make him an intriguing option for our coaching staff to utilize anywhere in the lineup.”

Nylander has 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 84 career games with the Sabres and Blackhawks since being selected by Buffalo with the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media