William Nylander

William Nylander

26-Year-Old CenterC
Toronto Maple Leafs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After pocketing a career-high 31 goals during the 2019-20 campaign, Nylander scored just 17 goals and 42 points in 52 appearances last season. It was the second time in the last five seasons that he failed to reach the 20-goal milestone. The 25-year-old winger has a pretty secure role in Toronto's top six but he saw his average time on ice drop from 18:13 to 16:36 last season. Nylander still shot at 12.8 percent, the second-best mark of his career, and also racked up eight points in seven postseason contests. If he can produce at a similar efficiency this season, he can easily climb back towards the 30-goal range while making an impact on the team's top power-play unit. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $41.4 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs in December of 2018.
Picks up two helpers in loss
CToronto Maple Leafs
May 12, 2022
Nylander logged a pair of assists in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning.
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Nylander assisted on an Auston Matthews goal in the second period before adding another on John Tavares' tally later in the frame. The 26-year-old winger has been on fire of late with seven points (three goals and four assists) in his last three contests. Nylander finished the regular season with a career-best 34 goals and 46 assists in 81 games.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:16
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:01
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:18
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
18:13
2:53
0:01
2020–21
16:36
2:26
0:01
2021–22
18:16
3:01
0:18
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16 days ago
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Nylander had one of his best seasons yet in 2019-20, setting a new career high in goals (31) while adding 28 assists, 17 power-play points and 197 shots on goal in 68 games. He'll continue to receive plenty of ice time while skating in Toronto's top six and on its first power-play unit in 2020-21, but his goal total is probably due for some regression, as he'll likely shoot closer to his career percentage of 11.3 rather than the 15.7 percent he registered last season. Nonetheless, 25-plus goals and 60-plus points, around a quarter of which will come with the man advantage, seems like a certainty over the course of a full campaign for Nylander at this stage in his career, making him a solid pickup in the middle rounds of this year's fantasy drafts.
Nylander is the guy Leafs nation loves to hate, but the reality is quite simple. Wee Willie is an offensive stud whose game should be remarkably better this season than last. His offensive skills are a perfect fit with Auston Matthews and the two can demolish the competition when paired. You only need to look at what Nylander did at the World Championship in May to see what is to come. He led the competition with 18 points, including 13 assists, and a plus-16 rating in just eight games, and it earned him the honor of tourney MVP. As long as he has re-earned coach Mike Babcock's trust, Nylander should top 70 points this season. Draft him and reap the rewards.
Two full seasons, both with 61 points. Nylander has a quiver full of irresistible skills. He can wheel with the best. His passes are tape-to-tape. His thinking is elite. And he can snipe. Plus, Nylander's two-way game is the best among Toronto's young bucks. There's really nowhere but further up for the young Swede. But while both Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner have taken leaps in their games, Nylander has been more good than great. There has been no leap. He's best with Auston Matthews and that's where he'll skate. Fantasy-wise, Nylander's game isn't quite like David Pastrnak's -- at least not yet. But it's close to a healthy Jaden Schwartz and there's plenty of value in that, especially if he can take a 10-point leap in 2018-19.
Nylander exceeded all expectations last season. His 61 points tied him with teammate Mitch Marner for third in NHL rookie scoring, and he then took the hockey world by storm at the 2017 IIHF World Championships, carrying his Swedish team to a gold medal and in turn, winning MVP honors. For 2017-18, he's destined for the right side of the MMN line with Auston Matthews and newcomer Patrick Marleau, and that's a trio that could easily lead the NHL in scoring. Nylander already has freaky chemistry with Matthews, and the speedy Marleau is perhaps the one veteran that can both keep up with the young duo and also compete offensively. Nylander's star is rising, so wait on him for long — especially in keeper formats.
Nylander is one of the most highly skilled prospects to come out of Sweden in the last 15 years, maybe more. He's elite offensively and he's been the best player on just about every team he's played on. He was well on his way to setting new scoring standards for a teenager in the AHL last season, but a concussion at World Juniors derailed his game. He's a natural center, but is already penciled in as the Leafs' third-line right winger alongside newcomer Auston Matthews. There, Nylander will take the right-handed draws while getting a shot at running the second-unit power play from the right wall. He struggled his first time up with the Leafs last year, but not in his second time around the sun later in the season. Nylander drained 11 points in the Leafs' last 12 games while dragging around a couple bags of pucks for linemates. This season, Nylander is primed for a potential 45 points and maybe more. That would earn him talk in the Calder voting if Mr. Matthews wasn't already in the game.
Nylander is tagged to toil at center this season, and he’ll do that in the AHL. We know, we know – that’s heartbreaking for all of the prospect-loving fantasy owners who are salivating over his skill, speed and smarts. But here’s the bottom line: Nylander’s skill would be wasted on the wing, where he initially skated upon arriving in the AHL. He played center for Modo of the Swedish Hockey League before coming to North America, putting up 20 points in 21 games there before ripping off another 32 in 37 AHL games. Nylander needs the puck, and he needs it in open ice. His vision is elite, and he can set guys up in his sleep. He and 2015 No. 4 overall pick Mitch Marner could be the Leafs’ top two centers for a long, long time. But first, he’ll need at least a full season in the AHL, maybe two, to learn how to play on North America's smaller ice. Dynasty leaguers should already have him rostered, but single-season owners should leave him on the wire.
Nylander is a human highlight reel. His creativity with the puck is unmatched in the 2014 draft class, and he can make the puck dance -- and opponents stumble -- with a deft sleight of hand. Add in elite skating and you have a near-perfect possession-style winger. He played last season for Modo alongside former NHLer and teammate Jeff Tambellini, who thinks Nylander could deliver 100 points in the NHL. That’s heavy praise for a kid who already doesn’t lack any confidence. Still, the son of former NHLer Michael Nylander has some serious work to do on his defensive game (think: find one and fast). But when he does, Nylander could become the next Henrik Zetterberg. He’s a few seasons away from making a dent, but he’s worth stashing in dynasty leagues.
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Spurs comeback win in Game 5
CToronto Maple Leafs
May 10, 2022
Nylander had a goal and two assists in Tuesday's 4-3 Game 5 win over the Lightning.
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Pots pair in loss
CToronto Maple Leafs
May 8, 2022
Nylander scored a pair of goals, including one on the power play, in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Lightning in Game 4.
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Reunited with Tavares
CToronto Maple Leafs
May 6, 2022
Nylander, who has been held scoreless in the first two games of Round 1, skated with John Tavares at Friday morning's practice and could start Game 3 in that spot, reports Mark Masters of TSN.
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Dekes, dangles and snipes ... twice
CToronto Maple Leafs
April 29, 2022
Nylander scored twice Friday in a 5-2 win over Boston.
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Pair of assists in win
CToronto Maple Leafs
April 26, 2022
Nylander recorded a pair of assists in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Detroit.
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