Oliver Kylington: Defence
Regular Season: 38 GP, 3 G, 5 A, 8 Pts, 10 PIM, +3, -4.5 CFRel%
Playoffs: 0 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, 0 PIM
MarkParkinson14 = (B+) Kylington finally got the chance to make an impact with the Flames and Calgary should be thrilled with what they saw. Kylington got himself into 38 games in his rookie campaign and was effective. He was paired with fellow rookie Rasmus Andersson and held his own for the most part in 2018-19. There were a few clunkers here and there for the 22 year old defenceman, but the fact that the team with the second best record in the NHL needed to lean on a rookie at times during the season should tell you all you need to know.
Madeline Campbell = (B) All in all, I was pretty pleased with what I saw out of Kylington this season. As was the case with Andersson, I tried to keep my expectations heading into the season, and the big first question I wanted answered was “can he hang at the NHL level,” and it seems like that’s a pretty unequivocal yes. He wasn’t perfect, but he was solid, and even showed some bits of flash, at times. Kylington did just about all I could have asked of him in his rookie campaign. I’m only knocking his grade down some because I don’t love his playdriving numbers. But, all told, he’s set a solid foundation and I’m excited to see what he can do next season.
MGMacGillivray = (B-) I have a hard time gauging Kylington’s season after he started in Stockton before replacing Juuso Valimaki after his injury. He fit in pretty well at the NHL level and really started to settle in as the season continued. However the fact that the Flames didn’t seem to be comfortable enough to keep him in the lineup down the stretch and into the playoffs may speak volumes about his standing in the organization. I get the sense that Kylington may end up being one of the odd men out on the Flames d core heading into the summer, and he certainly would be a tantalizing prospect to dangle in a potential trade.