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Nylander signs entry-level deal with Sabres, could make jump to NHL next season

2016 NHL Draft - Round One

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Alexander Nylander gives an inteview after being selected eighth overall by the Buffalo Sabres during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

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The Buffalo Sabres have inked eighth overall pick Alexander Nylander to a three-year entry-level contract.

The Sabres have some high hopes for Nylander. He stood out at the club’s recent development camp and the opportunity for him to potentially start next season in the NHL, earning a roster spot out of training camp, has been put out there by general manager Tim Murray.

“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,” said Murray in a statement on Friday.

According to the Buffalo News, the 18-year-old Nylander is also eligible to play in the American Hockey League for Rochester next season, so that’s possibly another option for his development.