Sabres call up Nylander from Rochester

Alexander Nylander has been playing very well as of late for the Amerks

Brayton Wilson
March 10, 2019 - 2:40 pm

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After a recent hot stretch of games with the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League, the Buffalo Sabres have called up forward Alexander Nylander.

The 21-year-old winger has played some solid hockey for most of the season, but has recently put up some good numbers with seven points (4+3) in his last six games. That also includes a four-game goal scoring streak with a goal in each of those games.

In 49 games this season, Nylander has already scored a career-high in goals (12) and points (31), while matching his career-high in assists (19). His 31 points currently ranks him seventh in team scoring.

Although Nylander's point totals have been nothing to rave about this season, his recent play away from the puck has allowed him to open his offensive play even more. The former eighth overall pick of the Sabres in the 2016 NHL Draft has always been able to show off his offensive skills when the puck is on his stick, but he has been more engaged in the play this season in all three zones of the ice, and has been more willing to go into the dirty areas to make a play. Nylander has quietly put together a nice, consistent season with the Amerks in his third season in the organization.

The Sabres call up Nylander as captain Jack Eichel will sit out for two games after being suspended for an illegal check to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg on Saturday.

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