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William Nylander Altelius, C/RW

Shoots: R

Height: 5-10

Weight: 170

Born: 1996-05-01

Hometown: Calgary, AB, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by Toronto Maple Leafs, 8th overall

 

 

 

Observations:

 

August 2014 - William Nylander, Toronto's 1st round pick in 2014, has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the club. Nylander's destination is still up in the air but the skilled Swede has several options including the AHL's Toronto Marlies, heading back to Sweden to play in the SHL or a longer-shot is playing with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, who drafted him in the 2014 CHL Import Draft. Brendan Ross

 

 

June 2014 – The Toronto Maple Leafs selected William Nylander 8th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

May 2014 - At the 2014 Under-18 World Championships, Swede William Nylander led all competitors in scoring with 16 points in just seven games. Consequently, Nylander was named Best Forward and was best in plus/minus (plus-8), assists (10) and points (16). Brendan Ross

 

February 2014 - William Nylander is perhaps the most skilled dynamic forward available. The knock against Nylander is that he hasn’t shown the willingness to utilize his teammates leaving scouts to question his dedication to the team game. Without a doubt, Nylander possesses the puck skills and timely offensive instincts to become a game-breaker but it’s still fairly uncertain how high teams are willing to gamble on such a talent. Brendan Ross

 

July 2013 – The son of former NHLer Michael Nylander, William has travelled the globe honing his impressive hockey skills. The young Swede has travelled from Calgary to Chicago to Södertälje and along the way, he has developed into an extremely promising prospect. Nylander is a player who excels in puck possession as he displays elite level puck handling ability and owns an element of elusiveness, both through crafty puck skills and good agility. He can create offense through a multitude of ways including impressive one-on-one dekes and aggressive skating that forces defenders to act quickly. Nylander enters his draft year as the number one European prospect and will battle for the first overall selection. Brendan Ross

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: A+

 

Nylander heads into his draft year as one of the top available offensive forwards in his class and early projections have him as a franchise top line forward.

 

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