The Sabres drafted Alexander Nylander on June 24. ©2016, Margaret Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres sign top pick Alexander Nylander to 3-year, entry-level contract

BUFFALO – The Sabres have signed winger Alexander Nylander, the eighth overall pick last month, to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced tonight.

“We are extremely pleased to sign Alex to his entry-level deal,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said in a statement. “When we selected Alex, we obviously knew he was a talented, skilled player. We look forward to him coming to training camp and competing for a job.”

On Tuesday, after Nylander, 18, finished an impressive week at development camp, Murray said he could see the talented Swede skating beside center Jack Eichel next season with the Sabres.

The Sabres have four options for Nylander: the NHL, a return to the junior Mississauga Steelheads, Europe or the AHL.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Nylander scored a team-high 28 goals and 75 points in 57 games in 2015-16, earning Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League top rookie honors.

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