3 Potential Free-Agent Destinations for Alex Nylander

The Columbus Blue Jackets did not present Alex Nylander a qualifying offer and now he's a free-agent forward looking for a new home. Nylander is a streaky scorer who hasn't been able to find consistent production at the NHL level, however with his 11 goals and 15 points in 23 games with the Blue Jackets last season, many were surprised he was released.

Here's three potential landing spots for the 26-year-old former first-round pick:

Calgary Flames

The Flames have some roster spots to fill out as they only have 21 of 23 spots filled so they are likely in the market for some depth forwards. Adding Nylander would give them a fourth-line option and an offensive threat who can move up their lineup should an injury occur. The Flames have $21 million in cap space so can certainly afford brining in Nylander on a league minimum deal.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks have a number of roster spots up for grabs next season as GM Mike Grier looks to continue his rebuild. Nylander could challenge for a top-nine role in San Jose next season and prove to the Sharks he's more than capable of being an NHL regular. When it comes to job openings, there aren't many more vacancies than what's available in San Jose. The Sharks ranked second last in the league in goals per game last season.

Seattle Kraken

Speaking of teams who need more offense, the Kraken were amongst the league's worst offensive teams last season and could use some of Nylander's scoring touch. They've already added Brandon Montour on the back end and Chandler Stephenson up front so perhaps Ron Francis takes a flyer on a one-time top prospect.

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