Nylander had two assists in a 4-1 victory against the Hurricanes on Tuesday. The 22-year-old didn't score any points in his first two games back from a contract dispute, but he's on the board after Tuesday's multi-point game. He picked up the helpers on goals from Morgan Rielly and Patrick Marleau. Nylander will need some more time to become truly acclimated to game speed, but even with a late start, he's a candidate for 15 goals and 45 points.
Nylander and Maple Leafs teammate Kasperi Kapanen avoided any injuries in a minor car accident Friday, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. The collision reportedly transpired as the two forwards were leaving the Toronto practice rink Friday, but fortunately, they are both OK. The Leafs are now in Boston getting ready to take on the Bruins.
Nylander was held off the scoresheet Thursday against the Red Wings in his first game of the season. He started the game beside Auston Matthews and Patrick Marleau, his regular linemates from 2017-18. It will take a bit for Nylander to get consistency in his game, but expect increasing flashes of brilliance with each passing game. Plug him in.
Nylander told reporters he would be in the lineup against the Red Wings on Thursday, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. Nylander -- who missed the first two months of the season due to a contract dispute -- is set to make his 2018-19 debut versus Detroit. Where the winger slots into the lineup likely won't be clear until the team's gameday skate, but it could be anywhere within the top nine. Frederik Gauthier may be the most likely candidate to be relegated to the press box.
Nylander, who is undergoing standard medical testing after finally signing a new contract with the Maple Leafs, will not be ready to play Tuesday, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports, adding that Saturday's game against the Bruins is a realistic target for the star center's return. The Maple Leafs will want to see how Nylander looks in practice before playing him in a game. He's already missed 27 contests as the result of his contract standoff, so there will presumably be some rust for Nylander to shake off, even though he did work out in Sweden during the holdout. Still, the 22-year-old maintained a 0.73 points-per-game pace through his first 185 games in the NHL, and fans of the Leafs and fantasy owners alike seemingly can't wait for Nylander to return.
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