Flames Trade Up, Take Oliver Kylington At 60th Overall


Brad Treliving is not a timid man, it seems.

For the second time in as many days, he made a bold move at the NHL Draft to improve his team. He sent two picks (76th and 83rd) to the Arizona Coyotes for the 60th overall pick, then selected Swedish defender Oliver Kylington.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Kylington may be the most fascinating player in this year’s draft. In some circles, he began the season in a battle with Noah Hanifin for the spot of “best player in the draft outside McEichel.” He bounced around a bit this season, going from Farjestads BK of the SHL to AIK of Allsvenskan. He put up good numbers, but consistency was said to be an issue.

That said, he played a regular shift in a pro league at a young age. He’s barely 18 – his birthday was in May – and he’s played 67 games in two really high-end pro leagues. He’s described by scouts as a talented enigma. He’s a great skater – Future Considerations said only Connor McDavid was better in this draft – and at his best, loves to jump into the rush and get involved in the game. So, somewhat like a Swedish T.J. Brodie. at his worst, he’s been criticized as being a bit selfish and disinterested at times.

If he can get it together, wowzers, this could be an absolute steal of a pick.

He’s originally from Stockholm, Sweden and is 6′ and 180 lbs. NHL Central Scouting ranked Kylington 6th among International skaters, while Future Considerations had him ranked 28th overall. If Google Translate works correctly, Kylington is contracted with AIK for the next two seasons, though I’m not sure if there’s an out clause in that deal.

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  • BurningSensation

    I was so overjoyed yseterday by the aquisition of Hamilton I had pretty much written off the remainder of the draft as irrelevant.

    I was wrong.

    Two more superior defence prospects added, including a geunine boom-bust prospect in Kylington I had rated at the bottom of the first.

    All of which is made better by the Oilers face-planting repeatedly after taking McDavid!

  • Prairie Chicken by-the-Sea

    Well. I suppose the giddiness couldn’t have lasted forever.

    Still. 40 point scorer in the 5th round. I’ll take it!

    Looks like the Flames will be well represented at the World Juniors this winter…

  • Fair to say that BT has put his stamp on this team? Ii think we are seeing what he is all about now, no more 3rd rounders for Bollig, just smart, bold moves. Oilers fans have been begging for something like the Hamilton deal for almost a decade, I have never been more excited about the future of this team in my life… Please don’t wake me if I am dreaming….

  • MRL

    Hard to believe Kylington was available at 60 when many rankings and mock drafts had him listed in the first round. Especially when he’s considered to be one of the top skaters in the draft. Scouts suggests he struggles with consistency and confidence but that’s hardly a deter given his age. Treliving follows one strong day with another. The Flames choosing to pass on Benning looks better with each passing day.

  • Könniek

    Usual caveats apply – 1 game of highlights etc.

    Based on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUxs4ERwHYQ

    Kylington will never make the NHL and be any sort of difference maker without a complete tear-down and restructure of his play without the puck. His two-way hockey sense is brutal, and this may be one game, but I see fundamental flaws. Half the kids in that tournament are long shots, Kylington looks like he’s about 1 in a million to be an NHL regular.

    He doesn’t get the game. At that point, in that tournament, he needs to show that.