Hometown Sabres take Nylander eighth overall

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BUFFALO — With the eighth overall pick, the home team at the 2016 NHL Draft selected Swedish forward Alexander Nylander.

The younger brother of Toronto’s William Nylander, Alexander will join a Buffalo squad that drafted center Jack Eichel second overall last year.

The newest Sabre was the OHL’s rookie of the year in 2015-16, piling up 75 points in 57 games for Mississauga.

“Alex made a seamless transition into the OHL, quickly becoming a key member of our hockey club and a valued teammate,” Mississauga general manager and coach James Boyd said, per NHL.com. “His exciting style of play thrilled our fans all season long. Alex is a focused player who is willing to put the work in to get better every day and is extremely deserving of this special award.”

Related: Alexander Nylander’s scouting profile