The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed William Nylander, who they drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, to a three-year entry-level deal.
Leafs’ general manager had this to say about the signing.
“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.”
With Nylander signed, now all that’s left to figure out is where he will be playing. I believe he is not eligible to play in the Swedish Hockey League next year, but I could be wrong. If he can’t he still has three options.
If he has a stellar training camp, he could make the Leafs. However, with all the Leafs’ additions in the off-season, that’s unlikely. After that, there is the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads. I believe the Marlies are the better option as Nylander already has professional experience in Sweden and he can continue that with the Marlies.
Nylander is actually the second Leafs pick from the 2014 Draft to sign a contract as the Leafs have already signed third-rounder Rinat Valiev.