The verdict on Nylander with the Maple Leafs
The discussion is interesting in theory, however, Kyle Dubas has made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of dealing Nylander.
After digging through the stats a little bit more, I find myself more on the side that Nylander is a net positive for the Maple Leafs, considering his contract and all other factors. He is being paid as the fourth-best forward on the team, and often exceeds that.
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Given the fact he scored 31 goals last season, and seven game-winning goals those are valuable traits that are tough to replace. He also showed that he could produce while playing with either Auston Matthews or John Tavares but when he was asked to drive his own line as a centre, it wasn’t working for him especially in that one game against the Blue Jackets when the Leafs formed their stacked top line.
While his playoff output has not been stellar, who on the Maple Leafs has really produced in recent years? Strictly from an eye test, I was a proponent of moving on from Nylander after the Leafs were bounced by Columbus.
But now I believe it is the right move to keep him and see if the team can breakthrough after a solid offseason of moves to get the club balanced out.
What do you think of how William Nylander fits with the Toronto Maple Leafs? Do you believe the team would be better off trading him? Let us know in the comments below.