12/03/23: Following the placement of Matt Nieto on injured reserve, the Penguins recalled Nylander to their NHL roster. Nylander dressed for three AHL games on his latest reassignment, collecting two assists.
The 25-year-old former top prospect heads back to the AHL after plying in three games for the Penguins. He got a shot in the team’s top-six playing next to Evgeni Malkin and Reilly Smith, but wasn’t able to make the most of it. Despite receiving over 15 minutes of ice time per game during his call-up, Nylander did not record a point.
But while in the NHL Nylander struggles to be a factor, in the AHL he’s a top player. He scored 25 goals and 50 points for Wilkes-Barre Scranton last season and currently has eight points in 11 games with the club. He’ll now return to his starring role with the AHL’s Penguins just in time for their game tonight against the Hershey Bears.
The Penguins with this reassignment have cleared a spare open spot on their roster to make another move. They could end up bringing an extra forward up to replace Nylander, though it is likely that before the season is done Nylander will get another shot at the NHL level with the team.