Oliver Kylington has been given the green light to play in North America by Sweden’s AIK, who he was under contract with, according to the team’s website.
Kylington was listed as the top European skater by NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, but he slipped to sixth in the final report. In the end, the Calgary Flames were able to select him with the 60th overall pick.
The two-way defenseman had four goals and seven points in 17 contests with AIK last season and another two goals and five points in 18 Swedish League games with Farjestads BK Karlstad.
Now that he’s allowed to head to North America, the Flames and Kylington will have a couple options available to them. The WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings are the junior team that holds his rights, but he would also be allowed to play for AHL Stockton if Calgary feels that’s in his best interests.