Nylander will center the third line for Game 3 with Nazem Kadri out, reports TSN.ca.
Nylander will skate between Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown with Kadri in limbo. He'll need to step up after a lackluster performance in Game 2 where a lazy turnover behind the Leafs' goal resulted in an easy goal by Boston's Danton Heinen. "[Nylander's] got to play hard. It's real simple," said coach Mike Babcock on Monday. "He just has to compete at a high level with and without the puck."
Nylander scored a goal in the last game of the season Saturday in Montreal. He finished the season with seven goals and 27 points in 54 games.
Nylander never got on track after holding out for a significant chunk of the season in a contract impasse. So it's hard to believe he'll find his mojo in the playoffs. There are stronger fantasy options if your hopes are pinned on the Leafs.
Nylander (illness) will be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Sabres, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Nylander missed Wednesday's morning skate due to an illness, but he was never in serious danger of missing the evening's matchup with Buffalo. The 22-year-old forward will slot into his usual role skating on Toronto's second line and second power-play unit against the Sabres.
Nylander is under the weather and is in doubt for Wednesday's clash with Buffalo, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Coach Mike Babcock didn't seem too worried about Nylander's status and it seems unlikely he will want to miss a matchup against his brother Alexander, but his absence from practice is certainly worth monitoring. The 22-year-old finds himself bogged down in a 10-game goal drought, though he still racked up six helpers over that stretch.
Nylander collected two even-strength assists and five shots in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Blackhawks.
Nylander has been somewhat of a disappointment this campaign after signing a huge contract, recording 19 points in 42 games. The 22-year-old has a career-low 5.7 shooting percentage this season, which could mean some progression and more goals could be coming. It's worth noting that Nylander didn't receive any power-play ice time in the game, which would hurt his fantasy value if that trend continues.
Nylander picked up an assist in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Oilers.
The apple snapped a four-game point slump. Nylander's game is improving, but it will be next season before he fully shakes the effects of his holdout. Hold him long term, but don't overrate him short term.
Nylander garnered a goal and an assist (both on the power play) in Wednesday's 6-2 thrashing of the Oilers.
Nylander tallied four points in his previous three games and seems to be settling into his third-line center role well. Limited to just 35 games due to a contract dispute, combined with a slow start to the year, the Calgary native has notched just 16 points this year. If he continues rolling, however, he may still have enough time to reach the 30-point threshold.
Nylander scored his first goal in seven games and added an assist in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens.
He retrieved a wicked bounce off the zamboni gate and drilled the puck past a flailing Carey Price as he tried to get back in his tent. But how Nylander scored doesn't matter. He's temporarily centering the third line while Nazem Kadri heals and he looks like a natural there so far. Willie doesn't bring the same grit to the job that Nazzy does, but his versatility could change the Leafs' outlook on where he plays going forward.
Nylander has a goal and two assists in his last five games.
The assists came in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Avalanche and a 6-3 victory over the Golden Knights on Thursday. His lengthy contract dispute has made 2018-19 a bit of a lost season, as Nylander has only 12 points in 28 games. Nylander's shooting percentage of 5.7 percent is well below his career mark of 10.5 percent, explaining why he has only three goals after earning back-to-back 20-goal seasons.
Nylander collected an even-strength goal and assist and was a plus-3 in Monday's 6-1 win over the Ducks.
The 22-year-old was able to find the back of the net for the first time since Jan. 3 against Minnesota. After sitting out much of the campaign due to a contract dispute, Nylander is now up to two goals and nine points in 24 games. With a modest 1:43 of average power-play time and no power-play points, Nylander's point opportunities come almost exclusively on the five-on-five.
Nylander notched three assists in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
While the Leafs' bigger names, like Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, also chipped in, it was the third-line pairing of Nylander and Nazem Kadri that carried the offense in this one. Nylander has had trouble shaking off the rust after his long holdout to begin the season, but he'll head into the All-Star break with four points (all helpers) in his last two games, offering some hope that he'll pick up the pace in the second half.
Nylander was alongside Frederik Gauthier and Par Lindholm on the fourth line at Sunday's morning skate, reports the Toronto Star.
"He's getting in his own way," said coach Mike Babcock. "We're just going to take the heat off him... Ideally (the fourth line move) will allow him to take some heat off himself." Nylander has just one goal and two assists in 19 games since signing his six-year, $41.77 million deal. The move will no doubt be temporary. Let's hope it takes enough pressure off for Nylander to get his head back into the game. The Leafs play the Coyotes on Sunday night.
Nylander received an in-game demotion to the fourth line during Friday's 3-1 loss to the Panthers, Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star reports.
Nylander, who was at an impasse with the Leafs on a new contract before narrowly beating the Dec. 1 signing deadline, has just three points and a minus-9 rating in 19 games. "I don't know if it's necessarily because of the contract," Nylander said, as relayed from Mark Masters of TSN.ca. "It's more because of the missed time and being out of it for a while ... past couple games have been getting better, but now it's time to score some goals." Toronto's eighth overall pick from the 2014 draft potted 48 goals between three seasons and 185 games heading into the 2018-19 campaign, so we know he has it in him, but one would think it would be extra challenging for him to shine on the fourth line.
Nylander practiced on a line with Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman on Wednesday, reports the Toronto Star.
The Leafs have lost five of seven and coach Mike Babcock clearly wants to send a message to his team. But it remains to be seen if the change will last more than a game or even a couple periods. The Leafs play Tampa Bay on Thursday night, so Nylander makes for a solid activation. He spent the last couple seasons with Matthews and Hyman, and the trio has real chemistry together.
Nylander is currently mired in a six-game point slump.
It's not hard to understand -- Nylander looks great in open ice, but just doesn't have his legs in one-on-one battles along the boards. He missed a long time and hopefully will pick things up soon. But like others that have held out in the past, Nylander could struggle all season to find his ideal form.
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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