William Nylander

William Nylander

28-Year-Old CenterC
Toronto Maple Leafs
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Nylander is coming off his best season ever. He co-led the Leafs with 40 goals and finished second overall in team scoring with 87 points. Yes, he finished ahead of Auston Matthews and his 85 points. Nylander is an elite player with excellent creativity. He rarely dominates, but instead quietly and consistently delivers exciting and high-level production, including on PP1. That's not enough for Toronto fans, who think his lack of domination and overall aloofness means that he's mailing it in a lot of nights. Not a chance. Nylander knows his value, as has been witnessed during offseason contract discussions, and you should, too. He's a top-25 keeper and drops down a little in roto because his finesse style doesn't deliver hits or PIM. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $92 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs in January of 2024.
Nets goal in Game 7 loss
CToronto Maple Leafs
May 4, 2024
Nylander scored a goal on five shots, blocked three shots and added two hits in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Bruins in Game 7.
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Nylander missed three games to begin the series due to a migraine issue, but he showed up late in the first round with three goals over the final two contests. The winger added 18 shots on net, six hits and five blocked shots. While another first-round exit is unfortunate for Toronto, Nylander's future with the team was confirmed when he signed an eight-year contract extension in January. The 28-year-old produced his second straight 40-goal season and finished with a career-high 98 points in 82 regular-season contests, so he should be a solid choice for fantasy managers in the early rounds of drafts in the fall.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:55
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:22
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:00
 
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18:16
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18:33
3:35
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19:55
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Practices with power play
CToronto Maple Leafs
April 26, 2024
Nylander, who is questionable with an undisclosed injury, linked up with the No. 1 power-play unit at Friday's practice ahead of Game 4 against the Bruins on Saturday, David Alter of The Hockey News reports.
ANALYSIS
Nylander looks to be close to getting back into the lineup after having been sidelined for the Leafs' first three playoff contests. The 27-year-old center ended the regular season mired in an 11-game goal drought despite putting 34 shots on net over that stretch. While Nylander appears poised to play with the No. 1 power-play unit upon his return, he is likely to start in a third-line role in order to limit his minutes coming off an injury.
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Nylander doesn't get the same publicity as Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, or John Tavares, but with career-best marks in goals (34), assists (46), points (80), shots on goal (256), average time on ice (18:16) and power-play points (31) a season ago, he was every bit as valuable to the Leafs as the other three. Well, maybe not Matthews. The production with the man advantage was especially nice to see, as that has never been a big strength of Nylander's. The winger's immediate ceiling may be somewhat capped due to all the talented offensive forwards on the Toronto roster, but a multi-category, point-per-game fantasy producer who will play nearly this entire year at age 26 is worth an early-round pick in any format.
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.
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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Scores both goals in win
CToronto Maple Leafs
May 2, 2024
Nylander scored twice on five shots, added three hits and blocked two shots in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 6.
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Expected to play Saturday
CToronto Maple Leafs
Undisclosed
April 27, 2024
Nylander (undisclosed) is likely to play in Saturday's Game 4 against the Bruins, per Chris Johnston of The Athletic.
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Questionable for Saturday
CToronto Maple Leafs
Undisclosed
April 26, 2024
Nylander (undisclosed) said "I don't know" when asked Friday if he was playing in Game 4 versus Boston on Saturday, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
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Not playing Wednesday
CToronto Maple Leafs
Undisclosed
April 24, 2024
Nylander (undisclosed) is not on the ice for warmups, indicating he won't play in Game 3 versus the Bruins on Wednesday, David Alter of The Hockey News reports.
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Could still play Wednesday
CToronto Maple Leafs
Undisclosed
April 24, 2024
Nylander (undisclosed) hasn't officially been ruled out for Game 3 against Boston on Wednesday after coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters "there's a chance" Nylander plays, Chris Johnston of The Athletic reports.
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