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‘No hiccups’ with Nylander’s entry-level deal, says Nonis

Jul 30, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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To hear Dave Nonis explain it, there won’t be any problems reaching a deal with William Nylander, the club’s first-round pick (eighth overall) at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

“We’re moving along on that,” the Leafs GM said, per the Toronto Star. “There’s no hiccups.”

Nylander, 18, is in a pretty curious position. He wowed onlookers at a July prospects camp, prompting Nonis to said Nylander “might be the most skilled player” taken at the draft. While undersized and still very young, he’s got NHL aspirations for this fall — having spent last season playing against men (and with his father, ex-NHLer Michael) in the Swedish league, Nylander is reportedly expected to skip Sweden’s under-20 training camp in September to focus on making the Leafs.

Which is why he needs that entry-level deal.

Whether or not Nylander makes the Leafs remains to be seen, however. They’ve stockpiled veteran forwards over the last few weeks, agreeing to terms with Mike Santorelli, David Booth and, most recently, Daniel Winnik. Combined with earlier acquisitions (Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Matt Frattin), Toronto currently has 17 forwards on NHL contracts, which definitely lessened Nylander’s chances of making the big team.

  1. elvispocomo - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Not only do they have 17 forwards, they also only have 6 defencemen. They’ll need to make room before they can even start counting the 2 goalies they have ready, let alone add a spare defenceman, let alone having room for a prospect like Nylander.

    • withseidelinn - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Highly doubt he makes the Leafs. Maybe 4-5 games at the start before they burn the first year. The real question is whether he’ll go back to the Swedish Elite League or play for the Marlies. Not too sure which is the better competition.

      • gunwin77 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Nylander is not eligible to compete in the AHL due to his age. He will likely play a few games with the Leafs at the start of the year before being sent back to the SEL for the remainder of the season. I was really impressed with what I saw from this kid at the prospect camp. I can’t wait to see what he can do for the Leafs once he matures, but I think the SEL is the best place for him for at least this season.

      • jinx21fan - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:47 PM


        He may indeed go back to the SEL, but I believe the age requirement you are referring to only applies to CHL players. Since Nylander was NOT drafted out of the CHL, he is in fact able to play with the Marlies.

      • withseidelinn - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        Yeah the age restriction only applies to players who have a CHL contract. (OHL/WHL/QMJHL).

      • gunwin77 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        My mistake…I was not aware of that. You truly do learn something new everyday

      • elvispocomo - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        I highly doubt he makes the Leafs too, just illustrating the extra challenges he’d have to do so if he somehow showed he was ready mentally. Physically, he could use just a bit more time to mature and be ready for bigger players, so that alone would likely hold him back.

    • garybrian2014 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      An 18 year old that needs to put on some bulk should not be with the big team. Let the kid grow both physically and emotionally ready for next year when some of these 1 year contracts will be up.

  2. 19to77 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Kid should probably get used to the idea of ending up back in Sweden. At least he’ll have a legit chance to play against grown men in the Elitserien. The Leafs aren’t going to rush him. What would be the point? He badly needs to add weight and experience against bigger players without jumping right to the extreme physicality of the NHL in one go. It’s not like he’s going to make them a playoff competitor. Besides, they already have way more forwards than they can even use at once.

  3. mykem07 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    If Nylander thinks he has a chance to make the Leafs, he’s in for a tough challenge. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes the team or doesn’t.

  4. blomfeld - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Rattus Pattus …

    One of the largest and most ‘vile’ muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a body up to 25 cm (10 in) long, and a similar tail length; the male weighs on average 350 g (12 oz) and the female 250 g (9 oz). Thought to have originated in northern China, this rodent has now spread to all continents except Antarctica, and is the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America, making it by at least this particular definition the most successful mammal on the planet after humans. With rare exceptions, the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas and on sports internet sites.

  5. leafsilluminati - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:03 AM

    I hope he sticks this year, but I’m not opposed to beating the blue and white disease out of him before it can fester. Just not in Sweden!

  6. tross16 - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    He can play in the ahl… Don’t comment if you dont know what your saying

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      tross16 : miss your bowl of meow mix this morning?

      • jpelle82 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        haven’t laughed out loud in a while on here…thanks for that…

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