Veteran Nylander loaned to Amerks

Florida Panthers assistant general manager Mike Santos announced today that veteran forward Michael Nylander has been reassigned to the Rochester Americans on loan from the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals.

Nylander, 38, enters his 19th professional season in 2010-11 after splitting the 2009-10 campaign with Jokerit Helsinki of the FNL and the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. In 38 combined games with the Jokerit and Grand Rapids last season, Nylander scored five goals and notched 20 assists for 25 points.

He posted his best season in the NHL in 2006-07 as a member of the New York Rangers, establishing career-highs in all offensive categories in goals (26), assists (57) points (83), power-play goals (14), shots on goal (193) and average ice time (20:22 per game).

Over the span of his 19-year professional career, Nylander has amassed 679 points (209+470) in 920 career NHL games with the Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. In 28 AHL games with Springfield (Indians) and Grand Rapids, Nylander has recorded 27 points (2+25), while also appearing in three Calder Cup playoff games.