Word is that William Nylander, the top European prospect for the NHL entry draft, has not had the most scintillating start over in Scandinavia.
In the creative centre's defence, the 17-year-old is adjusting to a new team in Sweden's Allsvenskan circuit, since he and his former-NHLer/father Michael Nylander moved to Rögle BK after spending last season in Södertälje SK. The younger Nylander didn't score in his first seven games with his new club, but scored this beauty off the rush vs. Timrå last Saturday, beating his man off the rush and turning the defenceman into a screen prior to picking the far corner. This might help with putting a face to the name.
The top of the draft is considered wide-open, which contrasts with 2013's debate between Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones and 2012's Nail Yakupov derby. Nylander's slow start probably contributed to him being fourth on TSN analyst Craig Button's latest ranking, with Kingston Frontenacs centre Sam Bennett scooting up into the No. 3 spot.
Nylander might have his hands full just fending off most promising puck-chasers on his side of the pond, particularly Anton Karlsson, brother of Ottawa Senators star Erik Karlsson.
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