The first round of the 2014 NHL Draft has come and gone and the Toronto Maple Leafs have added what should be a big part of their future forward core. William Nylander, a skilled centreman out of Modo of the Swedish Hockey League, was selected eighth overall by the Buds. Dave Nonis called him “electrifying”, which is a promising description.
He’s a free agent, so he could come over to North America right away if he so desires. Nylander said his goal is to make the big club, which every first-round pick says. If he doesn’t make it, he could either decide to join the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies or stay in Sweden for another year. He’s going to face tough competition next year either way, which is a great sign when you consider some first rounders will likely head back to junior.
The second round begins at 10 a.m. Eastern Time in Philadelphia. The Leafs don’t have a second-round pick. You can take a look at all of the Leafs’ picks for the rest of the day thanks to Jeff’s helpful guide.
I’m hearing Day Two of the draft is only being televised on NHL Network in Canada, which is unfortunate, because I don’t subscribe to that channel. I guess I’ll be following along on Twitter while I watch tennis and soccer. Comment below during the day as we follow along with the festivities as best we can.