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William Nylander Profile

William Nylander
Ht/Wt: 5' 11"/175 lbs
Position: RW
Team: MODO (SWE)

William Nylander's Player Profile

  • All the skills – Many say, William is the most skilled player in the draft. Dynamic, quick, agile, great hands, great passes, always changing the pace of play, can accelerate out of the blocks.

  • Wizard level creativity – William has the vision and creativity to augment his physical skills to make himself an offensive wizard at times.

  • Genes – Son of 14 year NHL veteran, Michael Nylander, William even had a chance to play with his Dad on occasion over the last two seasons.

  • Issues – William is a light weight, undersized forward who will always have strength issues. His defensive play also has a long ways to go. He has been bounced around a lot this season and has only found consistent success so far when he was paired with David Pastr?ák at Södertälje of the Allsvenskan league. Most recently he has, however, been playing up in MODO in the top Swedish league and has, at times, been the best player on the ice.

  • Draft placement – William will need to improve his consistently to move up from around 10 on most lists. Failure to do so will likely cause a further drop in his rankings.

  • Profile from: Eldon MacDonald and Chris Ralph of The Hockey Writers - updated Feb. 28th

    William Nylander is perhaps the most skilled dynamic forward available. The knock against Nylander is that he hasn’t shown the willingness to utilize his teammates leaving scouts to question his dedication to the team game. Without a doubt, Nylander possesses the puck skills and timely offensive instincts to become a game-breaker but it’s still fairly uncertain how high teams are willing to gamble on such a talent.
    Profile from: Brendan Ross of Dobber Prospects - Feb. 21

    @IssHockey - "A consistent threat; incredible skater & quickness combined w/ elite stickhandling." - Dec. 20th, 2013

    @IssHockey - "Outstanding at U18 4-Nations; showcasing elite offensive weapons with 3 PTS in 3 GP." - Nov. 19th, 2013

    "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."
    Profile from: TSNs Director of Scouting Craig Button - Sept. 18th

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    William Nylander Videos

    William Nylander Altelius showing off speed, skill and precision

    William Nylander Highlights

    William Nylander goal and assist against Russia @ U17WHC

    William Nylander Goal vs Timrå (5/10/13)

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