Blackhawks acquire F Alex Nylander in trade with Sabres

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded defenceman Henri Jokiharju to the Buffalo Sabres for underachieving forward Alex Nylander.

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have traded defenceman Henri Jokiharju to the Buffalo Sabres for underachieving forward Alex Nylander.

Chicago is hoping a chance of scenery will help Nylander, who was selected by Buffalo with the eighth overall pick in the 2016 draft. The 21-year-old Nylander had three goals and three assists in just 19 games with the Sabres over three seasons.

Alex's father, Michael, played for the Blackhawks from 1999-2002.

Jokiharju, the No. 29 selection in the 2017 draft, made his NHL debut in October and finished with no goals and 12 assists in 38 games in his first season with the Blackhawks. He also showed some promising signs while helping Finland to its fifth world junior hockey title in January.

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Jay Cohen, The Associated Press