Sabres acquire D Henri Jokihajru from Chicago for RW Alex Nylander

July 9, 2019

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired another right-handed shot on the blue line, trading for defenseman Henri Jokiharju from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for right winger Alexander Nylander. 

We have acquired defenseman Henri Jokiharju from the @NHLBlackhawks in exchange for forward Alexander Nylander.


— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 9, 2019

Jokiharju, 20, was a first round pick (29th overall) by the Blackhawks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Jokiharju made his NHL debut last season in his first season as a professional, playing in 38 games for Chicago, with 12 assists while averaging 18:59 in ice time per game. Jokiharju also played 30 games for Rockford in the AHL, recording 17 points (2 goals, 15 assists) before being called up to Chicago. 

The big wave in this is that Buffalo parted with Nylander, their 8th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Nylander has often been part of criticism by fans for a lack of development, where Nylander has played in just 19 games in the NHL over three years for Buffalo, tallying 3 goals and 3 assists. The 21-year old winger often was plagued by injury, but has failed to produce consistently even in the AHL for the Rochester Americans.