MISSISSAUGA – Weeks after finding out he won OHL Rookie of The Year, Steelheads Right Winger Alex Nylander picked up some more hardware today as he won CHL Rookie of The Year.
Nylander joins Patrick O’Sullivan as the only players from a Mississauga franchise to win the award. He beat out fellow Rookie of the Year winners, such as Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL), and Matthew Phillips (Victoria Royals, WHL). Though Abramov, and Phillips both had fantastic respectively, it was no shock that Nylander took home the award.
The 18-year old swede enjoyed a stellar season in his first year with the Trout. In only 57 games, the 6 foot winger had an amazing 75 points (28 goals, 47 assists). Nylander also played for Team Sweden in this past World Juniors where he racked up 4 goals and 5 assists.
Alex comes from a bloodline of hockey players, as his father Michael Nylander played in the NHL for 15 years, and is currently an assistant coach for the Steelheads, also his brother is Toronto Maple Leafs prized prospect William Nylander.
Nylander is a projected Top-10 pick in this summer’s draft, with that being said his future with the Steelheads will be in doubt, as he will have a chance to make an NHL team come training camp.
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