William Nylander might finally be getting the respect he deserves

For the first time in probably his entire career, William Nylander isn’t the poster boy for trade talks. Sure, you still have the occasional uncle that still thinks he’s overpaid, but for the most part, people seem to think it’s crazy to see him go.
Now, he partially has Mitch Marner to thank for that, who has taken the mantle of trade hot takes after another underwhelming playoff performance, especially since signing his high priced second deal, but Nylander has also put up the performance to back up his own contract.
He also helped himself by his playoff performance, scoring goals in the first four games and scoring the lone goal in Game 7, as well as three assists for eight points in seven games. Now, that Game 7 goal came in garbage time when the game was already over, but we probably would have said the same thing last year about his 3-1 goal in Game 4 against Columbus if that was the Leafs lone goal of that game.
On a Leafs team with top end talent that couldn’t produce in the playoffs, Nylander did, and he shouldn’t be the first player in the core that comes …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Jack Campbell, and the Leafs are very good at hockey

The Leafs defeat the Montreal Canadiens, again. William Nylander and Morgan Rielly with the goals that put Toronto over the top. You cannot forget about Jack Campbell who has a .951 save percentage after the first three games. That’s craziness.
Two more wins until they can eliminate the Habs. Can they do it? It’s very possible. I hope you enjoy today’s video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

William Nylander removed from NHL’s COVID list

Maple Leafs forward William Nylander has been removed from the NHL’s COVID list and is now eligible to rejoin his teammates. Nylander has been out of the Leafs’ lineup since April 6th after coming in contact with a potential positive case but it was reported by Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston earlier this week that, to his knowledge, Nylander had not returned a positive test result of his own.

William Nylander is officially out of COVID Protocol. He’ll dictate his own return to the #leafs lineup based on fitness, according to Sheldon Keefe, and the team has just gained an extra practice day before playing Vancouver.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 16, 2021

Head coach Sheldon Keefe stated on Friday that it will now be up to Nylander to determine when he is ready to return to game action following his absence. The Leafs were originally scheduled to face off against the Canucks on Saturday but that game has been moved to Sunday, giving Nylander another day to get back on the ice with his teammates before taking part in an actual game.
Read more about the changes to the Leafs schedule here:
Changes to the Leafs schedule announced

The Leafs have gone …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Scott’s Thoughts: So, you want to trade William Nylander again?

If I had a nickel for every time William Nylander’s name was thrown around in trade rumours for something the other core players would just get a stern finger wagging for, I’d probably be the richest man in the world.
Look, Nylander isn’t a perfect player. His defense can be a bit lacking, he’s prone to make those big mistakes that scream bad to the eye test, and he can look like he isn’t always putting in 100% effort, sometimes because he isn’t, and sometimes because his skill and skating are well above most of his competition that he just doesn’t look like he’s working as hard as Grinder McGritface on the fourth line.
But, trading Nylander would be a mistake. A big one. The kind of mistake that you think looks great now, but in two or three years, he’s torching the Leafs in a playoff series on route to a Stanley Cup, while all those “valuable” depth pieces we got for him turned out to be just that: depth pieces that could never replace the value that Nylander brought.
Look, I get it. You’re still not over the fact …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs By the Numbers: William Nylander

It’s safe to say that William Nylander had a big year in 2019-20. Going into the season, he was facing a lot of scrutiny for his 2018-19 season, which saw him sit out for the first third of it in a contract negotiation, struggle to get back up to speed in the second third, and then finally regain form in the final third, but was never really given a shot to prove it. He responded with a career year, blowing his career high in goals out of the water with a 31 goal season, and falling just two points short of matching his career high in points (although his pace through a full 82 games would’ve been 71 points).
The biggest difference for him was having a coach who actually trusted him, and gave him significantly better minutes than his 2018-19 season, especially with his power play usage. His 2:53 PP TOI/game was the highest of his career, significantly more than his previous high of 2:21, and would’ve resulted in an almost 50 minute increase in his totals had he played a full 82 games. Another reason for his career year was how he changed his game, and went to the net a …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

What to expect from William Nylander this summer

The 2019-20 season was the year of redemption for William Nylander. The infamous contract stalemate that went right down to the wire soured many on the young swede, his abysmal performance on the ice shortly after signing capped off a disastrous 2018-19 season. At the end of the season, Nylander vowed to comeback next season better than ever.
Even though Covid-19 wiped out the remaining 12 games in the Leafs regular season, I think it is safe to say that William Nylander not only bounced back this season, but also proved many of his haters wrong too with his performance this season.
By the Numbers
After recording a disappointing seven goals and 27 points in 54 games last season, Nylander bounced back in a big way, hitting the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his young career and recording 59 points in 68 games. Pro-rated for an 82-game schedule, Nylander was on pace to record 37 goals and 34 assists for 71 points.
What’s encouraging from this season is that Nylander found his goal-scoring touch again. Last season Nylander was super unlucky, scoring on a mere 5.4% of his shots. This season Nylander scored on 15.7% of his shots, a percentage well above his career norm but …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Let’s watch all of William Nylander’s 31 goals from this season

William Nylander’s 2018-19 season was a complete nightmare. But this year? That was a different story.

Nylander didn’t endear himself to fans last season. After sitting out the first two months of the season due to a contract holdout, Nylander finally inked a deal at the last possible moment and returned to the team in December. When he did finally return, Nylander looked like he was a step behind his usual dynamic self. He ended up scoring seven goals and 27 points in 54 games, his least productive season since breaking into the league.
After a mediocre performance on the ice followed his contract holdout, Nylander had a big season ahead of him to remind the fanbase how good he actually was. He did exactly that this year.
Nylander buried a career-high 31 goals in 68 games in 2019-20, meaning a hot finish to the season could have seen him break the 40-goal plateau. He also had 59 points, so he surely would have shattered the career-high of 61 points he set in 2016-17 and in 2017-18.
Though the season was cut short and Nylander wasn’t able to complete his chase to the 40-goal plateau, he certainly redeemed himself in …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Nylander out vs. Ducks with illness

Toronto Maple Leafs F William Nylander will miss tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks with an illness, the team announced.https://twitter.com/leafspr/status/1225926764565757953?s=21
Nylander, 23, has scored 25 goals and 24 assists in 54 games with the Leafs this season.
No word on what the illness is, or if Nylander will miss anymore games. The Maple Leafs do play the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night.
On Twitter: @zjlaing

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Willie Nylander: The Comeback Kid

Folks, I don’t need to tell any of you how great William Nylander is. You’re smart. You’ve been watching the games. You’ve looked at the stats. You’ve seen that Nylander is well on pace to exceed 30 goals this season, you’ve seen that he’s regularly elevated the game of both Matthews and Tavares, and you’ve seen how effortlessly he makes it look to move the puck from zone to zone without being impeded by defenders. Yes, William Nylander is pretty great and as hard as it may be to accept that an Albertan isn’t awful, William Nylander is pretty darn good.
That’s why it’s really not surprising that with their mid-season awards, the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) voted Nylander as their comeback player of the year.
Comeback Player of the Year Award – to the player who returned to a previous high level of performance that was interrupted by subpar play, long-term injury or major illness.
1. William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Anthony Duclair, Ottawa Senators
3. Max Pacioretty, Vegas Golden Knights
So, with great recognition comes great …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

William Nylander isn’t going anywhere (so please, stop the madness)

If pundits are to be believed, William Nylander’s time as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs is dangerously close to its end.
We’ve been hearing about this since last year. There were constant radio hits declaring him as lazy, or selfish, or short-sighted, or soft. He was too self-centred to be a part of a team that just needed him to take a nice discount, and teams were told to prepare offers to get him off of Toronto’s hands.
Now, we’ve all but come full circle. Even though Nylander has 11 points in 16 games, fits in perfectly as a secondary face-off taker in the Maple Leafs’ top six, and is a phenomenal play driver for Toronto, we’re back on our bullshit as a collective internet community.
It’s only been a year since Nylander was on the mythical trading block for his extended contract negotiations, but he’s back on the Narnia block once again — this time, inexplicably, to make room for Zach Hyman.

“Once Hyman’s back, if Nylander is not shopped I’m going to be really surprised.”@mikezigomanis thinks the #Leafs could be making a big move in the near future @ScottyMacThinks @SmrtAsh.#LeafsForever | # …

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Author: Cat Silverman / The Leafs Nation