Gaudreau is among the top scorers in the league. I cover the Toronto Raptors, Maple Leafs, Blue Jays and Buffalo Bills, game Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. ", WATCH | Nylander provides offensive spark for Leafs. In October, 2016, the Flames signed Gaudreau for six years and $6.75 million, and look at Gaudreau's performance. He spent the majority of his youth in the United States where his father played for several NHL teams, spending the summers in Sweden. Nylander quickly found chemistry with his linemates, helping Matthews set an NHL record for most goals scored in a rookie's debut with four by assisting on two of the goals. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, he was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Kings. For the Finnish botanist, see, Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA", "Former NHLer Michael Nylander and son William team up in Sweden", "FIs Mitch Marner or William Nylander the Leafs' best prospect?  Nylander closed out his 2013–14 season with a successful 22-game rookie stint in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), where he would play as many as 20 minutes per night. ET deadline. As Dec. 1 approached, the pressure shifted to the Leafs. Forward Mike Peca was the most recent player to sit out an entire season due to a contract dispute, missing the 2000-01 campaign with the Buffalo Sabres at age 26. Introducing today's trade bait and Leafs Nation may be thrilled about this one, ladies and gentlemen, William Nylander. Although he left Modo Hockey after 21 games in the 2014–15 SHL season, Nylander was mentioned as a possible candidate for the SHL Rookie of the Year award. Consider that Nylander's contract is richer than the deal for Calgary Flames' Johnny Gaudreau, who is one of the best players in the game. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. ET deadline to be eligible to play this season. Nylander apparently wanted $8 million, and the Leafs were said to be offering around $6 million. ", Dubas said he hoped Nylander would return to the lineup "in the next week or so. 'We think he's going to be a career Leaf': Babcock not worried as clock ticks on Nylander.  He had recorded eleven points in nine games, which was good enough for second in league scoring and first among rookie players.  He went on to compete with Sweden at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, where he scored a tournament-high eight assists, leading his team to a gold medal win. He debuted alongside Zach Hyman and Auston Matthews on 12 October 2016 in the season opener against the Ottawa Senators. All the big scorers started struggling, and suddenly, a team that was a pre-season championship favorite was slipping out of the conversation. He went unsigned throughout the summer, seeking a long-term extension as opposed to a "bridge deal". Matthews and Marner are pending RFAs but Dubas has made it clear they, along with Nylander, would spend the prime years of their NHL career in Toronto, no matter the term of their contracts. Since 2016, I have written about sports for such publications as The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian. Burke believes that Nylander's signing will have an impact on what Matthews and Marner will ask for. The Leafs were a confident group heading into the 2018-19 regular season. "He's a big part of the team. Many think the prudent thing would have been to let Nylander sit out the year rather than cave in to his demands. William Nylander signed a 6 year / $45,000,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, including $45,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $7,500,000.  It was later reported on 10 November that the Maple Leafs were fielding offers for Nylander, just weeks before the 1 December deadline. You may opt-out by. "It's not the easiest thing to go through. Nylander has 48 goals and 135 points in 185 NHL regular-season games.  His family later moved to Sweden when he was 14. WATCH | Nylander nets 1st career hat trick: Nylander's arrival after sitting out 26 games may or may not mean the end of Kapanen's time skating alongside Matthews, who returned to the lineup on Wednesday after sitting over a month with an injured left shoulder. And what is making the situation more dire is that Nylander has been a non-factor since he returned to the ice, with only one goal and six assists in his first 21 games prior to the all-star break. But if the Leafs don't go deep into the playoffs this year, the Nylander contract will be re-evaluated by everyone in hindsight. Kapanen and Nylander have been best friends and roommates since joining the Toronto Marlies, the Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, during the 2015-16 season. He's going to make us better. No real emotion. Leaf fans didn't care.  He ended the regular season recording 61 points, the same as his rookie season.