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

Friday, 06.27.2014 / 8:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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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.

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