Button: Nylander's game 'screams important player'

February 27, 2017
Buffalo Sabres prospect Alexander Nylander has been quietly developing his game with the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League this season. Amerks coach Dan Lambert has admitted that he's been struggling with inconsistent play, and that it has been an up and down season for the 18-year old prospect. Nylander has seven goals and 15 assists in 49 games this season after being selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

However, the hype hasn't died down.

TSN's Craig Button came out with his list of the best players not in the NHL and had Nylander second only behind Arizona Coyotes prospect, Clayton Keller. He was ahead of players drafted higher like Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome (4th), Edmonton Oilers prospect Jesse Puljujärvi (7th), and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Pierre-Luc Dubois (16th).

Button joined The Instigators on Monday, and said that Nylander reminds him of San Jose Sharks captain, Joe Pavelski. Being a guy that can play any position on the ice, and adding that "his game screams important, important player".

Also, on the list was Sabres prospect Rasmus Asplund coming in at 34. Button says Asplund is hard to play against, tenacious, and can be a great complementary player on the team a few years down the road.

Button didn't stop their when talking about the Sabres going forward. He says he thinks defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is a "pillar" defenseman, the type of guy you can build around. Button also says he really likes defenseman, Jake McCabe.

Other prospects that Button talked about on Monday included Brendan Guhle, Hudson Fasching and Cliff Pu.

You can hear Button on all of them below: