Staturday Weekly Column #9: Why everyone should love William Nylander

There’s always been a tumultuous relationship between Maple Leafs fans and high skill, low grit players. From Jason Blake, to Phil Kessel, to Jake Gardiner, to now William Nylander, there’s a common theme with these players and the love-hate dichotomy in the fandom.
It comes down to perspective: do you want a player who gives it their all 100% of the time, or a player who doesn’t but still accomplishes more than most would with less-than-100% effort? When you bring on one of these players there’s a certain “leash” that comes with the territory, and some don’t accept that.
I am not one of those people. I am a Nylanderthal. William Nylander is my favourite Toronto Maple Leaf, and I wanted to use this column to present why the data supports this.
The Basics
Readers of this column will know that there’s a lot more to the story when it comes to data, but let’s start with the basics.
He’s not called “Bill Ny the Scoring Guy” for nothing. William Nylander scores points, and points help your team win. It’s a simple concept, but still valuable.
In 325 NHL games, Nylander has 235 points. …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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After a tumultuous second season, OG Anunoby has come back with a vengeance in 2019. The Toronto Raptors forward has reached another level on both sides of the ball. Last season could not have gone any worse for OG Anunoby. He was banged up throughout the season, played poorly when on the court, and faced […]
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