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William Nylander's Prospects Profile

Friday, 06.27.2014 / 10:24 PM ET / News
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William Nylander\'s Prospects Profile

William Nylander

European Skater - Modo, SWEDEN
Final Rank: 2 Midterm Rank: 2
Position: Right Wing Shoots: Right
Height: 5' 9" Weight: 169
Born: May 1, 1996 Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Born in: Calgary, AB, CAN
Drafted: 2014: TOR (1st Round / 8th Overall)

 • Selected as the Best Forward at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship after leading all players in assists (10) and points (16) in seven games. Sweden finished fourth in the tournament.

• Nylander is the son of Michael, who played for seven teams during a 920-game, 15-season NHL career. “He’s very influential, he’s helped me every day. I played with him last season and he helped me a lot both on and off the ice.”

• He had seven points (1-6—7) in 22 games with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14, and played with his father for part of the season when he was loaned to Rogle in Sweden’s second division (4-4—8 in 18 games).

• In 2012-13, Nylander led his junior team with 43 points (15-28—43) in 27 regular-season games before joining his father on the club’s professional team. As a 16-year-old playing with Sodertalje, he posted 6-3—9 in 28 regular-season and playoff games.

• Nylander won gold with Sweden at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, leading the tournament with eight assists and finishing tied for second in scoring with 2-8—10 in six games. He also represented his country at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and at the 2013 Under-18 World Championship.

• He played minor hockey with Team Maryland of the American Youth Hockey League before joining the Chicago Mission Under-14 team in 2010-11 where he posted 34-27—61 in 29 games, helping the team to the USA Hockey national championship game.


2011-2012 SODERTALJE JR. SWEDEN-JR. 8 1 3 4 2
2012-2013 SODERTALJE SWEDEN-2 8 4 2 6 2
2012-2013 SODERTALJE JR. SWEDEN-JR. 27 15 28 43 14
2012-2013 SODERTALJE U18 SWEDEN-JR. U18 1 2 1 3 2
2013-2014 MODO SWEDEN 22 1 6 7 6
2013-2014 MODO JR. SWEDEN-JR. 3 0 3 3 4
2013-2014 ROGLE SWEDEN-2 18 4 4 8 10
2013-2014 SODERTALJE SWEDEN-2 17 11 8 19 6
2013-2014 SWE U18 (Ivan Hlinka Memorial 2013) ITLTOUR 4 4 2 6 4

Director of European Scouting, Goran Stubb:

"He's a good, mobile skater with outstanding skills, including smooth hands, vision, puck-handling and shot. He can also set up scoring chances for teammates and can score in many ways from outside or in traffic. He's very competitive and effective on the power play."

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