The Buffalo Sabres began training camp without one of the franchise’s prospects.
Alexander Nylander is dealing with what the team describes as a lower-body injury and the eighth-overall pick from the 2016 NHL Draft is considered week-to-week, Sabres head coach Phil Housley told reporters in Buffalo Friday.
The 19-year-old winger was held out of the Prospects Challenge for precautionary reasons a week ago but Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said at the time he was hopeful the talented Swede would be ready for the start of camp.
“It’s unfortunate,” Housley said via John Vogl of Buffalo News. “He’ll be assessed. Guarding on the side of caution because it’s so early in the season.”
Nylander spent 65 games with the Rochester Americans in the AHL, registering 10 goals, 18 assists and six penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut in April, suiting up for the Sabres’ final four games of 2016-17. He tallied his first career point with an assist in the season finale.
Housley added that centre Sean Malone is also week-to-week, which is why he was absent from camp Friday.