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Chicago Blackhawks reach one-year deal with Alex Nylander

Feb 15, 2020; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex Nylander (92) skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2020; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex Nylander (92) skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Restricted free agent forward Alex Nylander agreed to terms on a one-year, $874,125 contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

Nylander underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee on Dec. 21 and did not play last season. He recorded career highs in goals (10), assists (16), points (26) and games played (65) in 2019-20.

“With Alex’s pedigree and being only 23 years old, we feel as if there is still plenty of room for growth in his game,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “He is just scratching the surface of the type of player we feel he is capable of becoming.

“This will be an important season for him to perform consistently and contribute offensively. His size (6-foot-1, 192 pounds) and skill are a unique combination that make him an intriguing option for our coaching staff to utilize anywhere in the lineup.”

Nylander has 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 84 career games with the Sabres and Blackhawks since being selected by Buffalo with the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media