2014 NHL Draft Prospects Profiles: William Nylander

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2014 NHL Draft Prospects Profiles: William Nylander\t
One of the top European players in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft is Swedish forward William Nylander. Described by most scouts as the most talented player in the draft, Nylander is an offensive weapon with blinding speeding, smooth hands and a great shot.

William Nylander



Birthplace:
 Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

Date of Birth/Age: May 1, 1996 (18)

Current Team: MODO (Swedish Hockey League)

Position: Center/ Right Wing

Height: 5-11

Weight: 181 pounds

One of the top European players in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft is Swedish forward William Nylander. Described by most scouts as the most talented player in the draft, Nylander is an offensive weapon with blinding speeding, smooth hands and a great shot.
Nylander is the son of former NHL and Swedish national-team player Michael Nylander. Born in Calgary, in the midst of his father’s career with the Flames, Nylander grew up playing minor hockey in various parts of North America. Instead of pursuing a major junior or college career in Canada or the United States Nylander chose to return to Sweden in 2011 when his father retired from the NHL.

In 2012, Nylander spent time with the Swedish team Södertälje, competing with three of their junior teams at various levels of competition. He also won a silver medal that year with Sweden at the Under-18 World Junior Championship in Russia scoring two goals (2g-1a-3pts) in five games.

The following year, Nylander made the jump to the Swedish Elite League with MODO, and recorded seven points in 22 games as a 17-year-old. He returned to the Under-18 World Junior Championship in 2014. Despite a disappointing fourth place finish for the Swedes, Nylander was selected as the best forward in the tournament, leading all players in assists and points (6g-10a-16pts).

Nylander’s style of play has drawn comparisons to Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner. At the age of 22, Skinner is already a two-time 30-goal scorer for the Hurricanes.

Nylander is signed to play with MODO again next season. Despite his possible delayed debut in the NHL the experience of playing in the top professional league in Sweden should allow him to make a smooth transition into the NHL.


Scout’s Comments:
“William exudes confidence when he plays. Exceptional poise with the puck and is always looking to make threatening plays in the offensive zone. Excellent skater who is very difficult to check because of his agility and because he is always changing pace. Can make pinpoint passes in traffic and if you are his line mate, best be ready, as he will provide opportunities. Top line type player.”- Craig Button, TSN Director of Scouting


Statistics


 Season

Team

League

GP

G

A

TP

PIM

    

Playoffs

GP

G

A

TP

PIM 

 2008-2009

Team Maryland

AYHL

28

25

26

51

12

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2010-2011

Chicago Mission U16

MWEHL

29

34

27

61

8

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2011-2012

Stockholm 1

TV-Pucken

8

7

10

17

14

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

SDE HF J18

J18 Elit

18

12

14

26

14

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Södertälje U16

U16 SM

3

3

4

7

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Södertälje J18

J18 Allsvenskan

9

7

5

12

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Södertälje J20

SuperElit

8

1

3

4

2

|

Playoffs

4

0

5

5

 

Sweden U16 (all)

International-Jr

7

4

7

11

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U17 (all)

International-Jr

3

0

0

0

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2012-2013

Södertälje J18

J18 Elit

1

2

1

3

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Södertälje J20

SuperElit

27

15

28

43

14

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Södertälje

Allsvenskan

8

4

2

6

2

|

Kvalserien SHL

10

2

1

3

 

Sweden U17

WHC-17

6

2

8

10

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U17 (all)

International-Jr

3

2

3

5

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U18

WJC-18

5

2

1

3

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U18 (all)

International-Jr

10

4

2

6

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2013-2014

Sweden U18

Hlinka Memorial

4

4

2

6

4

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODO J18

J18 Allsvenskan

0

0

0

0

0

|

Playoffs

4

3

4

7

 

MODO J20

SuperElit

3

0

3

3

4

|

Playoffs

5

3

5

8

 

MODO

SHL

22

1

6

7

6

|

Playoffs

2

0

0

0

 

Rögle

Allsvenskan

18

4

4

8

10

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Södertälje

Allsvenskan

17

11

8

19

6

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U18

WJC-18

7

6

10

16

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden U18 (all)

International-Jr

7

6

3

9

6

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2014-2015

MODO

SHL

-

-

-

-

-

|

 

 

 

 

 

 Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com




Combine Results:
William finished in the top ten in the following categories at the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine at Toronto International Centre on Saturday, May 31, 2014:

Mean Power Output

Pos.         Name                            Watts/KG

1               WILLIAM NYLANDER         11.6

2               KASPERI KAPANEN             11.3

3               JAYCE HAWRYLUK              11.3

4               NICK SCHMALTZ                  11.1                   

5               ONDREJ KASE                     11.1

6               BLAKE SIEBENALER             11.0

7               DYLAN SADOWY                  11.0

8               SHANE GERSICH                   11.0

9               MILES GENDRON                 10.9

10            RYAN MACINNIS                  10.9

 

Hand-Eye Test

Pos.         Name                                 Total

1               SHANE GERSICH                   12.3

2               NELSON NOGIER                  14.2

3               NICOLAS AUBE-KUBEL      14.4

4               WILLIAM NYLANDER         14.7

5               REID DUKE                           14.9

6               BRANDON HICKEY              14.9

7               FRANCIS PERRON                14.9

8               DOMINIK MASIN                 15.1

9               JONAS JOHANSSON           15.3

10            STEVEN SPINNER                 15.5

                                                Via NHL.com


Where William Nylander is ranked:

NHL Central Scouting has him ranked second among European skaters 

International Scouting Services have him ranked as the fifth-best overall player

Future Considerations has him ranked as the fourth-best overall player

Corey Pronman of ESPN has him ranked as the third-best overall player

Craig Button of TSN has him ranked as the ninth-best overall player

Video:

William Nylander 2013/14 SHL Season Highlights

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