William Nylander agreed to a three-year entry-level deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday.
Leafs general manager Dave Nonis announced the news through a statement but Nylander announced the news in a much more fashionable way… Twitter:
A dream come true! One step closer and a lot of hard work ahead.
— William Nylander (@snizzbone) August 18, 2014
Drafted 8th overall by the Leafs in this year’s entry draft, the signing itself is no surprise. Nylander seemed unfazed and cool when the Leafs drafted him, making this deal a formality.
The more interesting question after the signing concerns Nylander’s readiness.
“It’s my goal… It’s something I’m working hard for right now and all summer.”
– William Nylander on his chances of making the Leafs roster, as per NHL.com correspondent Joe Yerdon
Nylander’s hard work this summer has not gone unnoticed.
After the signing, Nonis said, “Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice.”
Brendan Shanahan gushed about “Willy,” as well, saying “He’s been very impressive. … What really impresses me about William, aside from the skill level he has, is just his character that he’s shown since he’s been here” (as per NHL.com).
At 5-11, 170 pounds, Nylander will be hard-pressed to deal with the physicality of the NHL.
But, with a Leafs team searching for elite scorers to fill out the scoring lines, the Leafs may be willing to start Nylander with the big club to see what he does with the opportunity.
What do you think, Leafs fans? Does Nylander have a chance to stick with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season? Let us know in the comments section below.