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25 Chicago Blackhawks in 25 Days: Day 22 Alex Nylander

BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 2: Alexander Nylander #92 of the Buffalo Sabres prepares for a faceoff against the Nashville Predators during an NHL game on April 2, 2019 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 2: Alexander Nylander #92 of the Buffalo Sabres prepares for a faceoff against the Nashville Predators during an NHL game on April 2, 2019 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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For day 22 of our 25 Blackhawks in 25 days series, let’s take a look at Alex Nylander!

I believe every Chicago Blackhawks’ fan was baffled when young defenseman Henri Jokiharju was traded this offseason.

Although Jokiharju will not be in a Blackhawks jersey this season, the player who was traded for might, Alex Nylander.

Player Spotlight: Alex Nylander

Drafted 8th overall in 2016, Alexander Nylander has a lot to live up to. His brother, William Nylander, has found a home for himself with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Alex, on the other hand, has not been so lucky.

After playing in 19 games over the last 3 seasons, it is safe to say Nylander is no NHL regular. However, neither was Dylan Strome when he joined the Blackhawks.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and look at Strome’s stats before joining the Blackhawks.

The Chicago Blackhawks took a big risk when they traded for Dylan Strome, who had only played in 48 games throughout his 3 seasons in the NHL.

I believe that Bowman is hoping to get similar results from Alex Nylander. Nylander is coming to Chicago, and if he plays well at training camp, will be playing alongside some of the best Blackhawks players.

He could end up

playing on the same line as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane,

or he might end up playing in the minors. The sky is the limit for Nylander. Just watch his scoring ability from last year.

There is not much more to say about Nylander, yet that is. He might have a great NHL career in front of him, and if he does, I hope it is all in Chicago.

There is risk involved every time you make a trade in the NHL. The risk in adding Nylander to the team is very prevalent.

In 22 days, we will have a clearer understanding of Nylander’s value to the Chicago Blackhawks.

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