William Nylander Drafted 8th Overall by the Maple Leafs

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“Nylander might be the most skilled player in the draft.”

The Toronto Maple Leafs have selected Modo forward William  Nylander with their eighth overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The Maple Leafs have leaned on the expertise of Swedish scout Thommie Bergman in the selection of this high-upside forward. It should dispel any notion of the Leafs shying away from skilled upside in favour of size and safe projectability. The 5’11.5, 183-pound William Nylander owns tantalizing offensive upside, earning the label as perhaps “the most skilled dynamic forward” in the draft class according to Brendan Ross. William Nylander cemented his place on the top 10 radar with a strong U18 World Championship performance, where he was named top forward and won a Gold Medal, although he was left off the World Junior Championship roster.

Pro-Agility Test Left: – Nylander 2nd
Pro-Agility Test Right: – Nylander 2nd
Wingate Test – Average Power Output (watts/kg): – Nylander 1st
Wingate Test – Peak Power Output (watts/kg): – Nylander 1st
Hand-Eye Coordination test: – Nylander 4th

“All the skills – Many say, William Nylander is the most skilled player in the draft. Dynamic, quick, agile, great hands, great passes, always changing the pace of play, can accelerate out of the blocks.”

The benefit to drafting a European instead of a player out of the CHL is that the Maple Leafs can bring Nylander over the pond and groom him on the Marlies if they so choose. It’s possible he stays in Modo for next season, but the option is there to bring him over next Fall as well. Nylander turned 18 on May 1st. Unlike North American prospects, Nylander can be brought along slowly while competing against men. The downside is that it’s a little more difficult to gauge where his production is at given he bounced around various levels of Swedish hockey last season.

Patience will be required with this pick, but there is electrifying potential here with Nylander’s speed and skill package. He’ll need to size up, learn to use his linemates better and develop his all-around game from the sounds of the scouting reports, but he’s got the tools you can’t teach and that much is exciting.

We know there’s been a needed injection of high-end forward talent into the Maple Leafs development system with this pick. As always, real judgments can’t be made until 5-10 years down the road.

William Nylander Scouting Report

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“Committed to Modo next season in the SHL, William Nylander spent time with four different teams this year including a brief audition with Modo J20 team, multiple stints in the Allsvenskan and a call-up to the SHL.. a dominant force in international play leading the 2014 World U18 Championships in points (7-6-10-16) and finished tied for second in tournament points at the 2013 World U17 Challenge capturing a gold medal (6-2-8-10) .. talented solo act who can gain the zone and brings energy and intensity to each shift .. innovative, ideas occur naturally as a by-product of his vision and awareness .. always looking for the perfect play which can cripple his game appearing to hold onto the puck too long or trying to do too much .. creates separation via an explosive short cross-over stride and superb lateral agility .. Nylander’s omission from Team Sweden entry into the WJC humbled him as he bore down in the second half playing a more mature game .. can play harder in defensive situations but he does possess Patrick Kane like skill in his ability to control and dangle with the puck needing minimal space to unleash a quick and accurate wrist shot.”
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William Nylander Statistics

SeasonTeamLeagueGPGATPPIM PlayoffsGPGATPPIM
2008-2009Team MarylandAYHL2825265112|
2010-2011Chicago Mission U16MWEHL293427618|
2011-2012Stockholm 1TV-Pucken87101714|
SDE HF J18J18 Elit1812142614|
SšdertŠlje U16U16 SM33474|
SšdertŠlje J18J18 Allsvenskan975122|
SšdertŠlje J20SuperElit81342|Playoffs40552
Sweden U16 (all)International-Jr747114|
Sweden U17 (all)International-Jr30004|
2012-2013SšdertŠlje J18J18 Elit12132|
SšdertŠlje J20SuperElit2715284314|
SšdertŠljeAllsvenskan84262|Kvalserien SHL102134
Sweden U17WHC-17628102|
Sweden U17 (all)International-Jr32352|
Sweden U18WJC-1852132|
Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr104264|
2013-2014Sweden U18Hlinka Memorial44264|
MODO J18J18 Allsvenskan00000|Playoffs43474
MODO J20SuperElit30334|Playoffs53582
MODOSHL221676|Playoffs20000
RšgleAllsvenskan1844810|
SšdertŠljeAllsvenskan17118196|
Sweden U18WJC-187610160|
Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr141213256|
William Nylander Statistics

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    I’m always happy with skilled swede.

  • Scottish Leaf

    If he has the most upside skill wise, then I am delighted with this pick. Truculence hasn’t worked out well, so let’s see what he can bring to the table skill wise.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    It’s eery how has skating mirrors Kessel’s stride. Kid has ridiculous wheels.

  • wiski

    Looks like we got the pertiest one so far 😉

  • Scottish Leaf

    DeclanK That’s what I like to hear, if the kid has half the skill his Dad did, then we have a winner.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Not sure if its my tablet, or the browser, but posting like this sucks!

  • Black_Hawk

    so is he a winger or center? like the pick though

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Black_Hawk Appeared to play both last year. Saw quite a bit of wing at the U18 from what I’m told.

  • Black_Hawk

    Anthony Petrielli Black_Hawk i see, i hope he plays Center for us

  • MaxwellHowe

    2020 first line:  Broll – Nylander – Connor Brown

  • Black_Hawk

    MaxwellHowe we either be really good or shit lol

  • Cameron19

    I like the pick. It looks to me like a lot of the rougher edges on Nylander will be non-issues as he starts to grow up. I have been pushing for the pick to be traded, but it looks like Shanahan isn’t too concerned with competing right now the way he’s letting everyone go.If that’s the case, than we will be sellers at some point, and the pick looks good.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Black_Hawk MaxwellHowe don’t worry, Randy will be long gone by then and Clarkson’s contract will have expired

  • phaneufoundlander

    kids got some sick hands…man that puck dangles like crazy on his stick and he’s heads up always

  • MaxwellHowe

    Cameron19 sellers by February at the latest

  • GreekGod

    MaxwellHowe Cameron19
    and then McDavid

  • Cameron19

    MaxwellHowe Broll may not even make a 4th line by then.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Cameron19 MaxwellHowe He’ll have more of a Semenko role, tho we can pray for a Hartnell

  • phaneufoundlander

    DeclanK he’s the spit of Kessel on the ice…

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Black_Hawk Anthony Petrielli If he could be convinced to play in the AHL it would be beneficial to grow him there slowly on North American soil right under the Leafs’ guidance.

  • Black_Hawk

    Anthony Petrielli Black_Hawk think he should play at least one full AHL season

  • lou19

    wtf is NONUTS doing?????

  • ShotgunCharlie

    So I am ok with this pick. We need centermen and it looks like he has mad skills. I turned the radio on while driving home to hear TSN 1050s bashfest against him. Such hate….is it really warrented?

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Black_Hawk Anthony Petrielli Or do what Girgensons did in BUF and work his way up quickly.

  • Black_Hawk

    ShotgunCharlie what were ppl saying?

  • TuckerForPunishment

    lou19 Rebuilding……..through next years draft.

  • Cameron19

    I wonder if that Neal trade changes the market on Evander Kane.

  • Black_Hawk

    Anthony Petrielli Black_Hawk would always be a pleasent surprise but i think over patience is better with prospects.

  • Black_Hawk

    Cameron19 yeah would have to think, that was not a lot for him

  • phaneufoundlander

    MaxwellHowe Broll? Seriously dude?

  • ShotgunCharlie

    Black_Hawk ShotgunCharlie That he is 3 years away….selfish….gives his coaches grey hair. I think it was button….if I didnt hear the name Nylander I would think he was talking about Zherdev

  • MaxwellHowe

    phaneufoundlander MaxwellHowe just to keep the opposition from doing something’ stupid

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Is it July 1st now?

  • Optimustic

    Welcome to THE LEAFS William Nylander.   One thing you can count on is the unconditional support from the MSM.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    This market could turn on this kid real quick.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    TuckerForPunishment So he’s like every first rounder drafted by the Leafs ever?

  • Black_Hawk

    ShotgunCharlie Black_Hawk dam give the guy a chance

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    I have a nickname. Willie Nyllie!

  • phaneufoundlander

    Willie Nylander age 7

  • MaxwellHowe

    Radar O’Rielly good work…not exactly complimentary, but rolls off the tongue

  • MaxwellHowe

    MaGuire says they’re all going to be great in the NHL.  Statistically he has to be wrong….several times

  • Loric76

    phaneufoundlander 7?  that was last week

  • ShotgunCharlie

    Black_Hawk ShotgunCharlie  They were brutal. This kid doesnt have a chance in hell here

  • Murph2417

    Hopefully he can make the transition into a Centreman, he would fill a huge hole in our system if he could be a solid Centre. If he can make the transition what do you guys think his ceiling is?

  • Scottish Leaf

    Loric76 phaneufoundlander Was taken tonight before his Mum combed his hair.

  • Murph2417

    Loric76 phaneufoundlander No that’s this one

  • phaneufoundlander

    Loric76 phaneufoundlander nope, last Christmas lol

  • Loric76

    So why are we calling this guy a Swede?  Born in Canada, lived in Calgary till he was 14.  Has only been in Sweden for like 4 years lol

  • MaxwellHowe

    Murph2417 Niclas Backstrom?

  • Loric76

    MaxwellHowe Murph2417 won’t complain about that