Trade alert: a former high-level prospect still changes place

Published January 5, 2022 at 1:11 PM

Alexander Nylander, William's younger brother, is unable to achieve the hopes that were founded in him in the year of his selection. This former first-round pick (8th overall) of the Buffalo Sabres played 19 games in Buffalo in three years before leaving for Chicago, in return for Henri Jokiharju, on July 9, 2019.

After a very honest season of 26 points, including 10 goals, in 65 games with the Blackhawks, the young man was unable to repeat these exploits, he who plays in the American League this year... with trips to the taxi squad.

Like the Sabres in the past, the Hawks lost patience and traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins in return for Sam Lafferty. We are talking about a fourth-round pick, at 26 years old, who sits on one of the chairs reserved for support attackers. Which says a lot about the value of Nylander.

In short, instead of most likely losing Lafferty via waivers at the return of Evgeni Malkin, Ron Hextall preferred to find a solution. Not bad! Nylander is only 23 years old and his potential is still there, although he will become an RFA at the end of this season, he who pockets a salary of $874,125.
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