Class Action Settlement for NHL GameCenter LIVE and NHL Center Ice Purchasers Means Special Benefits Available – Click Here to Find Out More
 
2015 NHL Draft
SHARE

Leafs go for Swedish sizzle in NHL draft, taking baby-faced William Nylander

Friday, 06.27.2014 / 8:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

Share with your Friends


Leafs go for Swedish sizzle in NHL draft, taking baby-faced William Nylander

PHILADELPHIA - William Nylander became the first European player chosen at the NHL draft when he was picked eighth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nylander, who was born in Calgary but lives in Stockholm, had one goal and six assists in 22 games with Sweden's Modo.

The five-foot-nine, 169-pound son of former NHL player Michael Nylander plays centre and right wing.

He was named the best forward of the 2014 Under-18 World Championship after leading all players in assists (10) and points (16) in seven games for Sweden.

Quote of the Day

I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday
Gigapixel