(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Oliver Kylington, Sweden

By Chapin Landvogt
Oliver Kylington - Team Sweden - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: AIK defenseman and 2015 prospect Oliver Kylington began the 2014-15 season with Farjestads of the SHL before being loaned to AIK (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

 

 

A country that has been an international hockey power the past few seasons has looked very ordinary so far at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. Team Sweden stumbled through the preliminary round of this year’s tournament with just one win in four games, albeit in a Group A that also features Russia and the USA.

Perhaps it is fitting that this Swedish squad features a 2015 NHL Draft prospect who has struggled to live up to lofty expectations this season. Defenseman Oliver Kylington was said to be a high-end prospect heading into the 2014-15 season, but has only shown flashes of that ability in what has been a somewhat disappointing season for a player who has yet to turn 18. At this U18 tournament, Kylington has registered two assists and a -6 in the four preliminary games.

Kylington was ranked among the top 2015 prospects early in the season, and was still ranked first among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm rankings. In the CSS final rankings, Kylington dropped but was still ranked sixth among European skaters.

Hockey’s Future spoke with Kylington following Sweden’s win over Germany, a conversation that is captured in this HF video.

To get a better idea of Kylington’s ability, this video from a pre-WJC exhibition game features a shift-by-shift breakdown from of his game (Kylington ended up missing the tournament due to an injury).

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