Team Sweden forward Alexander Nylander came into the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament as a player that was expected to create some offense for his team at this event. While Nylander was relatively quiet in the preliminary round of the tournament, he was the offensive catalyst in Sweden’s semifinal win over Finland.
Nylander posted two assists for Sweden as they downed the Finns 2-1 to earn the right to face Canada for the gold medal. Both of his assists were the result of deflections, one coming off the stick of defesneman David Deutsch and the other – the game-winner – being tipped home by forward William Fallstrom. The two points brings him to four points (1G, 3A) for the tournament, tying him with Fallstrom for the team scoring lead.
Nylander has strong NHL bloodlines as his father, Michael, was a talented NHL forward for many years while brother William was the top pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2014 NHL Draft. Alexander is considered a top European prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft.
Hockey’s Future spoke with Nylander after the win over Finland, with that conversation being included in this HF video.