A look at how Leafs prosepcts performed during day 2 of the World Junior tournament.
William Nylander – Sweden
Another game, another goal for the Maple Leafs 2014 first round draft choice. Nylander made a toe-drag around a Danish defenceman, stopping his motion halfway through, before snapping his shot past Danish goalie Georg Sorensen. Nylander won four of his six faceoffs and tied for a team-high with five shots on goal. It was the second straight game where an attendance of over 13,000 took in a Swedish preliminary game.
“Of course it surprised me,” said Nylander, in awe of another well attended Swedish hockey game in Toronto. “I really didn’t expect this big of a fan base, especially where we are playing. It’s been amazing.”
While Nylander has been a big draw for Leafs fans taking in a game, there were several chants of “Go Swedes Go” which sounded eerily similar to “Go Leafs Go.”
A day off before Sweden takes on Russia on Monday. Sweden has already clinched a birth into the knockout stages of the tournament.
Frédérik Gauthier – Canada
The Maple Leafs’ 2013 pick helped Team Canada improve to 2-0-0 in the tournament. He was the best centre in faceoff circle, winning all 10 draws. He had two shots on goal.
A day off for the Canadians to rest, before taking on Finland on Monday night.