The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Alex Nylander from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defender Henri Jokiharju, the Blackhawks announced Tuesday.
Both Nylander and Jokiharju were first-round selections in their respective draft classes with Nylander going eighth-overall to the Sabres in 2016 and Jokiharju going 29th overall the following Draft in 2017.
For both teams, this feels like a reset of sorts. It isn’t the first time the Blackhawks have done this either as they acquired Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Nick Schmaltz just last season. The deal paid off early for the Blackhawks as Strome would finally reach his potential in Chicago after stifling in Arizona.
The third-overall pick from 2015 would score only seven goals and 15 points in 48 games in Arizona over three seasons before scoring 17 goals and 51 points in just 58 games with the Blackhawks to close out the 2018-19 season.