I was not the biggest Alex Nylander fan during the 2019-20 season. Personally, I thought that he was handed too many opportunities. He started the season in the top six, he spent the entire year playing with Patrick Kane for the most part, and he was given way too many second and third chances.
Going into a new season where Nylander hasn’t played in over a year because of injuries, I think it would be best if he started the season in the AHL. So many different young guys stepped into the lineup and played pretty well this past season, and while I think Nylander is more skilled than a lot of the new faces in the Hawks locker room, he needs to earn his spot.
Having Nylander start the season in the AHL and then work his way back into the lineup would be ideal for this team. Personally, I think they should and will re-sign him, and I also think that he can be a big part of this team moving forward. I want to see him succeed because it means the team is succeeding, but the only way he is going to win over fans and prove that he belongs in the NHL with an NHL contract is if he earns the roster spot that they decide to give him.
"Should the Chicago Blackhawks try and trade up in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft?"
Chicago should offer him a one or two-year contract at around the 1 million dollar mark and then let him earn his way into the lineup. This is not the same team Nylander once played on. This roster now has a handful of young forward to fill out their lineup, and now it is up to him to prove that he belongs on the team.