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Sabres ink Nylander to entry level contract

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 19:30:08-04

The Sabres signed 8th overall pick Alex Nylander to a three year entry level contract, the team announced on Friday.

“We are extremely pleased to sign Alex to his entry-level deal,”  Sabres General Manager Tim Murray said in a statement. “When we selected Alex, we obviously knew he was a talented, skilled player. We look forward to him coming to training camp and competing for a job.”

Following development camp, Murray said he envisioned the forward competing for a starting job when training camp begins.

"If you asked me, could I see him going back to junior?  I guess there's a scenario," he said.  "If you ask me could I see him playing wing with Jack (Eichel) and Sam (Reinhart), I think there is a scenario.  Could be in the Ameri-- there's all kind of scenarios and he can fit into anyone of them.  He's just high in talent, high in skill and he's going to be a very good NHL player, it's just a matter of time."

Nylander won Ontario Hockey League Rookie of the Year after leading Mississauga with 75 points and to the postseason.