After nearly a year and a half away from the NHL, the Calgary Flames are ready to welcome back defenseman Oliver Kylington back to their active roster. Staying all of last year in his native Sweden, Kylington is set to play in his first NHL game tonight since May 26, 2022.
Assuming that Kylington can return to his previous level of play relatively quickly for the Flames, it should create an immense opportunity for the organization on multiple fronts. Having already moved on from defenseman Nikita Zadorov earlier in the season, Calgary is famously carrying two of the most oft-rumored defensive trade candidates in Chris Tanev and Noah Hanifin. If Kylington can return to his previous capabilities, that should allow the Flames to feel more comfortable in moving one of their more veteran pieces.
As a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Kylington rose through the ranks of the Flames organization relatively quickly, earning a full-time spot on the roster as soon as the 2018-19 season. Unfortunately, it would take several years for Kylington to make his mark in the NHL, scoring a career-high nine goals and 31 points in 73 games. Being the third-highest-scoring defenseman on the team at the time, Calgary rewarded Kylington’s effort with a two-year, $5MM contract extension.
Now almost two years past the contract extension, Kylington is an upcoming unrestricted free agent at season’s end, and his play over the next couple of months will dictate his future with the Flames. Nevertheless, after a lengthy amount of time away from the game, Kylington is now ready to return, which is a tremendous positive for both the player and the organization.