Nylander unlikley to play for Sweden at World Juniors

August 6, 2017

Mike Jafari reporting

Some eyebrows were raised when Buffalo Sabres prospect Alexander Nylander was left off Sweden's roster at the World Junior Summer Showcase at the USA Hockey Arena, but it was not because of a lack of talent.

Nylander shined at last year’s IIHF World Junior Championships. Playing for his native Sweden, he finished among the tournament leaders with 12 points (five goals, seven assists).

The Sabres' 2016 first round draft pick received permission from the organization last season, as he was playing for the Rochester Americans in the AHL at the time. It’s unclear if the Sabres will allow Nylander to participate in the tournament for a second straight year.

"I don't think so," Swedish coach Tomas Monten said in USA Hockey Arena. "Of course if Buffalo wants him to play, we're going to keep our door open. He, for sure, has a spot on our team, but I think he's going to make Buffalo this year. That's why I didn't bring him. We haven't talked in the summer.”

Monten added that if Nylander is available, he has a spot on the team.

"Of course I'm going to ask Buffalo what they think. If he's available, we'll take him for sure but I don't think he is. I think he's going to play in Buffalo."

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