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Still a chance Sabres' Alex Nylander plays in world juniors

Posted at 1:27 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 13:27:53-05

In less than two weeks the much-anticipated world junior tournament will begin in Western New York and there is still a chance fans will get an up-close look at Alex Nylander. 

"That's something that we'll continue the discussion, we still have discussions with Team Sweden throughout," Sabres GM Jason Botterill said Friday afternoon. "They have been very accommodating in that situation and like I said, I've always been a big proponent of the world juniors."

Nylander, the Sabres top-pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, started his season with the Rochester Americans after a pre-season injury. In 12 games, Nylander has struggled, scoring only once and adding three assists. 

"Right now we're having focus in on the games this weekend," Botterill added. "We will see how things progress next week." 

In last years world juniors tournament, Nylander scored five goals and added seven assists in seven games. With the start of the tournament 11 days away, Botterill will likely make a decision relatively soon.