Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – The Toronto Maple Leafs signed their top prospect forward William Nylander to an entry-level contract, though no financial statements were released.
The 18-year-old is the eighth pick in the 2014 NHL Draft for the Leafs.
Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis stated, “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.”
“We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract,” he added.
Maple Leafs director of player development Jim Hughes believes Nylander is dynamic and possesses elite skills.
“His edges, his explosion, his acceleration, along with his hand speed. He’s a really talented kid,” he added.
Hughes also shared Nylander’s time in prospect camp, where they had the chance to learn his style of play.
“He’s very detailed, he’s very motivated. And he’s a wonderful kid that’s been parented correctly. He’s an impressive hockey player, but he’s an impressive person as well.”
Nylander played seven games for Modo in the Swedish Hockey League last season, scoring one goal with six assists.
He also played for Sodertalje and Rogle in Sweden’s second division.
Nylander had the chance to play alongside his father, former NHL player Michael Nylander in Rogle.
He also played for Sweden in the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, being the tournament’s best forward after leading all players for tournament in points, assists (10) and plus/minus (plus-8).