Blue Jackets Forward Alex Nylander In Midst Of Career-Best Stretch

By Coby Maeir on March 15, 2024 at 10:19 am
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Alex Nylander (92) looks on against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Bell Centre.
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Since the Blue Jackets acquired Alex Nylander from the Penguins on Feb. 22, he's played the best hockey of his career. In the 10 games he's skated with Columbus, he's posted 6-2--8, which is the most points over a 10-game stretch in his career, per

He's drawn high praise from his teammates during his short time in Columbus.

"He’s doing a great job with our team and he fits in perfectly with us," Johnny Gaudreau said after Thursday's game that saw Nylander score. "If he keeps playing like that, he's gonna get rewarded a lot." 

Nylander's talent is evident, and it makes sense why the Sabres selected him with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. He just hasn't been able to put it together yet. 

Maybe, with the Blue Jackets, his fourth NHL organization, he can turn it around and become a regular NHL player. If he plays anything like he has in Columbus consistently, that will not be a problem. 

"We were excited to have him," head coach Pascal Vincent said after the game on Thursday. "We know he's got potential."

The talent is there. Can Nylander become a regular NHLer in Columbus?

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