HELSINKI - William Nylander will not play for Sweden when it faces Canada on Thursday in the preliminary round of the world junior hockey championship.
He hasn't played since Switzerland's Chris Egli levelled him with a bodycheck to the upper body in a game last Saturday.
Nylander was supposed to address media on Thursday morning but his news conference was cancelled after its scheduled start time.
Instead, Sweden's team doctor told reporters that the team hopes Nylander will play later in the tournament.
The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect leads the American Hockey League in scoring and had a goal on his first shot at the world juniors.
Egli was suspended three games for the hit.