In a move that’s been anticipated and discussed for a spell before it was even formally announced, the Calgary Flames have officially signed 2015 second round pick Oliver Kylington to an entry-level deal.
Presumably it’s a three year entry-level deal, but what the deal means for Kylington’s 2015-16 future is a bit unclear at the moment.
Here are his options:
- Play in Calgary, his entry-level deal runs.
- Play in Stockton – as a draftee from a European team he only has to be over 18 to play in the AHL – and his entry-level deal would slide.
- Play in Brandon, the team that drafted him in the CHL Import Draft, and his entry-level deal would slide.
- Play in AIK on a loan; when the Toronto Maple Leafs signed William Nylander, he was loaned to MODO for a big chunk of last season before coming over to play for the Marlies. His contract slid for the season, as he didn’t play any NHL games. His deal would likely slide for a year in this case, as well.
Based on our understanding of the terms of the Sweden/NHL transfer agreement, presumably this means that Kylington has escaped from his deal with AIK of Allsvenskan.
At time of this writing, that has not been confirmed officially though, so it’s merely speculation as of now. Nope.
UPDATE: The Flames Twitter account has clarified things a bit.
If Kylington doesn’t play in Calgary, his playing rights revert back to his Swedish team as their first option.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) July 15, 2015
So his options are (in order): Calgary, then AIK, then Brandon/Stockton if AIK elects not to keep him.