We are getting closer to the 2014 NHL Draft. Over the upcoming weeks, we are going to look at some of the top prospects that the 2014 NHL Draft has to offer, and what they will bring to the team that drafts them.
Player: William Nylander
Position: Center/Right Wing
Weight: 175 lbs.
Date Of Birth: May 1, 1996 (17-years-old)
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Current Team: Loaned To Rogle Bandyklubb (Hockey Allsvenkan League, Sweden) From MODO (Swedish Hockey League)
Jersey Number: 88
Projected Pick: Top 10
Son of former Hartford Whalers first round pick Michael Nylander, William Nylander may be the most talented offensive player in the 2014 NHL Draft Class.
William Nylander has a whole lot of raw talent, and he has played well in MODO of the Swedish Hockey League with grown men. Currently, he is being loaned to Rogle of the Allsvenskan league in Sweden. The 17-year-old is a flashy, dynamic player that can be a true game changer.
He was born in Calgary, but Nylander plays to his roots. He is a typical Swedish forward. He is a quick, skilled and dynamic player. That sounds a lot like Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick from 2013, Elias Lindholm. Lindholm is also a Swedish forward.
Here’s what TSN’s Scouting Director Craig Button had to say about the Swedish forward:
“William exudes confidence when he plays. Exceptional poise with the puck and is always looking to make threatening plays in the offensive zone. Excellent skater who is very difficult to check because of his agility and because he is always changing pace. Can make pinpoint passes in traffic and if you are his line mate, best be ready, as he will provide opportunities. Top line type player.”
William Nylander has the potential to be a first line forward in the NHL with all of his talent and intangibles. His defense is not as strong as it could be though. Effort is definitely not the problem for the young Swede.
If he can iron out some of his issues in his own end, there’s no reason why he can’t be a very good player in the NHL.
NHL Player Comparison: Jeff Skinner
Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner is a player that is very similar to William Nylander. Skinner is an extremely talented and dynamic player. Jeff Skinner is also the poster boy of “defense leads to offense”. After Skinner’s rookie year, he struggled big time on offense. This year, he really improved his defense. Now he is lighting up the NHL. William Nylander can definitely learn from Skinner’s mistakes and successes.