Ed. Note – Our Blackhawks coverage is coming! We won’t fully launch until January with a fantastic lead writer in tow, but this was major news that I wanted to get out in the interim.
With a plan for the 2020-21 season finally agreed upon by the NHL and NHLPA, it’s time to start ramping up for a 56-game season that is set to begin in just a few weeks on January 13. Training camps for some teams will begin as soon as New Year’s Eve. It’s coming.
In turn, that means “offseason injury updates” are coming as guys start to return to action, and realize something isn’t right. Today, the Blackhawks dropped a big one on us:
Alex Nylander sustained a knee injury during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
He initially rested and trained conservatively; unfortunately, his symptoms came back when he started to skate. https://t.co/2oQHB2tB6f
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) December 23, 2020
The 22-year-old Nylander figured to get an opportunity to take a big step forward this season, and now he’ll likely miss all of it. The news is a huge bummer, to say the least.
NEW: Alex Nylander could be out for the season. He had surgery Monday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. He's expected to miss 4-6 MONTHS.
Blackhawks really needed Nylander to take a big step forward this season, so this is a significant blow for him and for them.
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) December 23, 2020
Alex Nylander scored 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 65 regular-season games, and played in eight postseason games this past season, his first with Chicago. The #Blackhawks acquired the forward from the #Sabres for defenseman Henri Jokiharju on July 9, 2019.
— Brandon Cain (@brandonmcain) December 23, 2020
Alex Nylander will be out 4-6 months after knee surgery on Monday to repair a meniscus injury, the #Blackhawks announce. Terrible break for a young player who could have used 2020-21 to improve his confidence and consistency in his play
— Mario Tirabassi (@Mario_Tirabassi) December 23, 2020