Following another underwhelming season, it felt like only a matter of time before the Sabres cut their losses and traded winger Alexander Nylander.
Through three years as a pro, Nylander, the eighth overall pick by the Sabres’ old regime in 2016, has mostly been a bust.
Sure, the Swede has occasionally showcased his slick skills. Still, he hasn’t consistently displayed the tenacity to match them.
Nylander, 21, couldn’t develop into a dominant AHL player with the Rochester Americans, let alone make an impact in Buffalo.
On Tuesday, the Sabres finally moved on, dealing Nylander to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Henri Jokiharju, a swap of former first-round picks.