By John Vogl
Position: Right wing
European team: Modo (Sweden)
Born: Calgary, Alberta
Measurables: 5-foot-9, 169 pounds
2013-14 stats: 57 games, 16 goals, 18 assists, 34 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 2 (European)
Lowdown: Nylander has bounced around North America and Europe, following his father, Michael, who played for seven NHL teams from 1992 to 2009 and still skates professionally in Sweden. Father and son played together this season, allowing Michael to provide hands-on training.
William Nylander stepped out of his dad’s shadow at the under-18 world championship. He was named best forward of the tournament, putting up six goals and 16 points in seven games for Sweden. Since the start of the season, he has risen from the junior ranks through Sweden’s second division and finally to his homeland’s top league.
His skill level and imagination are NHL caliber, but his decision making could use work. While dynamic offensively, his defensive skills are lacking. He’s undersized for the league’s top level.
They said it: “He’s a good, mobile skater with outstanding skills, including smooth hands, vision, puck-handling and shot. He can also set up scoring chances for teammates and can score in many ways from outside or in traffic. He’s very competitive and effective on the power play.” – Goran Stubb, European director of NHL Central Scouting.
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