Thursday, January 2, 2014

REVS Top 15 2014 NHL Prospects #3. William Nylander

 REVS 2014 NHL Draft Prospects (August 10/13)
1.Sam Reinhart
2.Aaron Ekblad
3.William Nylander
4.Roland McKeown
5.Jake Virtanen
6.Blake Clarke
7.Nick Ritchie
8.Leon Draisatl
9.Michael Dal Colle
10.Jakub Vrana
11.Ivan Barbashev
12.Jared McCann
13.Anton Karlsson
14.Joshua Ho-Sang
15.Sam Bennett 

Honourable mentions:
Oskar Lindblom
Haydn Fleury
Nick Schmaltz

RECAP to date of players we have looked at
Sam Reinhart
6'1, 183 lbs
Games 33 Goals 16 Assists 34 Points 50

Aaron Ebblad
6'4, 216 lbs
Games 29 Goals 10 Assists 15 Points 25

The player I listed in August at #3.
WILLIAM NYLANDER

At 5'10, 170 lbs, William is a rather smaller player of size and will likely have a difficult time adjusting his game at the NHL pro level. Craig Button in late September quoted the following... "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." 

Will be interesting to see if he can pick up his game in the second half. With 18 Games played and only 4 Goals and 4 Assists for 8 Points in the swedish jr league, William is likely to drop quite far back unless he can suddenly start putting up some points. He currently has played 10 games with 2 assists only in the SHL and that has got some scouts really concerned. Currently in my rankings , I have droped Nylander to the bottom double digits. Another scout has stated "He still needs some time to transition to the pro game to learn that he won't have as much time as he once did, but Nylander's offensive upside will be worth waiting for."

If he lacks scoring at this level, he isn't bringing much to the table anymore and this could see him drop back some spots from the beginning of the season.
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