2016 NHL Draft: Alexander Nylander Transfers to Mississauga Steelheads


Swedish/Canadian prospect Alexander Nylander lines up for a face-off at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

Photo Courtesy: Tomáš Stulajter


Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News reported Friday 2016 NHL Draft eligible Alexander Nylander will be coming to the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL. The Steelheads own Nylander’s CHL rights after selecting him 12th overall in this year’s CHL Import Draft.

The report was then confirmed by Rögle early this morning.

The article, roughly translated, calls Nylander “One of the counrty’s greatest talents”. Not bad for a 17 year old if you ask me.

Nylander plays a very similar game to his brother William. He is full of skill and intelligence. He is a smooth skater and carries a heavy shot. His play at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup just about solidified him as a first round selection. Nylander brought Sweden all the way to the gold medal game where they lost to Canada.

William Nylander also had his CHL rights drafted by the Steelheads. The older brother will be playing for Toronto in the AHL or NHL this year.

The transfer also makes the Mississauga Steelheads a very young and exciting team now. Having just traded for former Flint Firebird Ryan McLeod, brother of current Steelhead property Michael, the team currently has some strong 2016 and 2017 NHL Draft firepower.

Sean Day, Owen Tippett, Nicolas Hague, Michael and Ryan McLeod, and Alexander Nylander give Mississauga an exciting future this year.

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