Blackhawks Acquire Alex Nylander From Sabres

In exchange, Chicago sent Henri Jokiharju to Buffalo.

July 09, 2019 - 3:08 pm

(670 The Score) The Blackhawks have acquired forward Alex Nylander from the Sabres in exchange for defenseman Henri Jokiharju, they announced Tuesday afternoon.

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Nylander, 21, appeared in 12 games for the Sabres last season, recording two goals and two assists. He also had 12 goals and 19 assists in 49 games for Rochester of the AHL. Buffalo selected Nylander eighth overall in the 2016 draft.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Nylander is a player that has held Chicago's admiration ever since the 2016 NHL Draft. However, with Nylander playing just 19 career games, there is development set to take place with his new team.

"I'm looking forward to being part of the Blackhawks organization," Nylander said. "They're really good at developing players. They know what they're doing."

Jokiharju, 20, had 12 assists in 38 games for the Blackhawks last season. Chicago selected him at No. 29 overall in the 2017 draft. 

In recent years, the Blackhawks have converted their lack of defensive depth into a strength. Jokijaru found himself the odd man out of the team's mix last season and suddenly became expendable into this offseason.

"It's really more the depth of our defense prospects made this a move we were able to make," Bowman said.

"We think we can help [Nylander] become a consistent performer. A very exciting skillset he brings to the table."

Nylander's contract runs through the 2020-'21 season at an average annual value of $863,333.