Oliver Kylington
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Oliver Kylington

Hometown:

Stockholm Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1997-05-19

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd Round (60th Overall), 2015

Weight:

181 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Oliver Kylington played for Djurgarden in Sweden — skating in 13 games for the club’s U18 team as a 14-year-old — and competed for Stockholm 1 in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. He had 3 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in 13 U18 games. Kylington scored 6 goals with 5 assists and was +16 with 2 penalty minutes in eight games with the Djurgarden U16 team. He scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was +11 with 2 penalty minutes in eight TV-Pucken games for the bronze medal Stockholm 1 squad.

2012-13: Kylington moved from Djurgarden to Sodertalje, spending most of the season with the club’s U20 team, and played for the Sweden U16 team. He was a team captain for Stockholm Syd in the TV-Pucken tournament. Kylington scored 3 goals with 10 assists and was +17 with 12 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games with the U20 team and was -1 with 1 assist in three games during the SuperElit playoffs. He was +2 in two games with the Sodertalje U18 team and was named the top defenseman at the U16 level, scoring 4 goals with 2 assists in five games for the Sweden champion Sodertalje U16 team. Kylington scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +11 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games during the TV-Pucken tournament.

2013-14: Kylington made his SHL debut with Farjestad while attending the hockey school in Karlstad and was the second-leading scorer amongst defensemen for the Farjestad U20 team in the SuperElit league. He played 32 regular season SHL games, scoring 2 goals with 4 assists, and was +5 with 6 penalty minutes, averaging 14:27 minutes of ice time. Farjestad finished fifth in the regular season but reached the playoff finals against regular season champion Skelleftea. Kylington played 12 playoff games, recording two assists with 2 penalty minutes and finishing -3, averaging 11 minutes of ice time. He scored 5 goals with 16 assists, trailing only 20-year-old Tobias Bjorklund, and was +17 with 22 penalty minutes in 21 SuperElit league games. Kylington scored 3 goals and was +3 in two playoff games for Farjestad. He was selected by Avangard Omsk in the third round (107th overall) in the 2014 KHL Draft.

2014-15: Kylington had a challenging draft season — suffering a mid-season injury that kept him out of the lineup for the Sweden U20 team at the 2015 World Junior Tournament. After beginning the year in the SHL with Farjestad, he spent most of the season with second division club AIK in Allvenskan and with the Farjestad U20 team. He played for the Sweden U18 team in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka and 2015 World Junior Championship tournaments. Kylington skated in 17 SHL games with Farjestad to start the season but appeared in just one late season game after that. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes, averaging 12 minutes of ice time in 18 games. Farjestad finished seventh after a slow start and lost to Brynas in a three-game play-in series. Kylington scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes in 17 Allsvenskan games with AIK. He scored 4 goals with 8 assists and was +2 with 8 penalty minutes in 16 games, including six playoff games, with the Farjestad junior team. Kylington had 2 assists and was -7 with 4 penalty minutes in five games at the U18 World Juniors and was +5 with 1 goal, 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. The top ranked international skater in the Central Scouting midterm rankings, Kylington was ranked sixth in the final rankings and was selected by Calgary in the second round (60th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Likely the most talented Swede in the 2015 draft, Kylington has all the skating skills and more you’d like to see in an up and coming defenseman. He has a nimble first step and gets into high gear quickly, loving to grab and then lug the puck up the ice. When on the blueline, he can dance around a good bit, showing impeccable puck control and fake shots and passes while laterally swaying in any direction that is favorable. While in control of the puck, he’s very good at avoiding checks or drawing penalties, as he can move away from attackers last second very quickly. Defensively Kylington remains a work in progress and doesn’t care to be brought to a standstill while defending in his own zone. Heads up and very forward-thinking, much of his progress will be determined by how quickly he manages to hone his skills while gaining a stronger mental focus in the tasks at hand.

Future

Kylington signed a three-year entry-level contract with Calgary in July and is getting a long look in training camp after an impressive prospect's tournament in Penticton. Barring any surprises he will either skate for new Flames' AHL affiliate Stockton as an 18-year-old or play for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL. He is also a candidate to skate for Sweden in the 2016 World Junior Championship in Finland. In terms of his long-term future, Kylington has the skating ability and technical skills to be an effective offensive defenseman at the NHL level.

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