No. 1: William Nylander
Is there anyone more scrutinized than William Nylander? Despite being a point-per-game player, while scoring 30 goals this season, Nylander continues to get hated on.
And you know what, it’s justified.
Nylander has all of the skill in the world. He can beat a defenseman on the rush and score whenever he wants, but at the same time, he doesn’t have that killer instinct to win. When the games matter the most, he’s not going in the corner to grab a loose puck or putting his body on the line.
Instead, he’s floating in the middle of the ice and playing scared.
At $6.9M per year, Nylander needs to be traded. His skill doesn’t outweigh his will and it’s time to get him off this team.
His contract has value and Toronto will be able to get a great return for him. The other three of the big-four competed all series and showed their worth, but unfortunately it’s time to move on from Nylander and find someone different.