It’s a good thing Alexander Nylander won’t be judged on just one night. His debut didn’t go well at all.
The Sabres’ first-round draft pick had a night to forget during Buffalo’s 6-3 loss to New Jersey on Saturday. He failed to record a shot and was minus-3 during the opener of the Sabres’ prospect challenge.
“He made a few plays,” coach Dan Lambert said in HarborCenter. “It didn’t seem like he clicked with his linemates that much. But in saying that, I don’t think we did a good job of moving the puck to any forwards. It didn’t seem like we had a lot of pucks, and when we did it didn’t seem like we had a lot of puck support. Those are things that we need to fix.”
Nylander skated as the right winger for center Giorgio Estephan and left wing Evan Rodrigues during the loss to the Devils. They combined for a minus-8 with only three shots, all by Rodrigues.
Nylander practiced Sunday morning as the center for right wing Hudson Fasching and left wing Nicholas Baptiste, who scored all three of Buffalo’s goals against the Devils.
The Sabres will close the tournament against Boston at 7 p.m. Monday in HarborCenter.