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SportThe William Nylander story: A timeline from NHL draft to Maple Leafs' new $45M man

20:40  06 december  2018
20:40  06 december  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Maple Leafs GM says team 'stayed optimistic' about signing William Nylander

Maple Leafs GM says team 'stayed optimistic' about signing William Nylander "We had our process and we have a great staff," Toronto GM Kyle Dubas told reporters. "It wasn't really an emotional experience." Kyle Dubas on getting William Nylander signed: "We always tried to stay optimistic. We had our process and we have a great staff...it wasn't re — Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) December 1, 2018 Nylander signed a six-year deal worth nearly $42 million. Toronto has now tied up a combined $119 million between the young center and second-line center John Tavares, who they signed this offseason.

The Maple Leafs took Nylander with the No. 8 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft . After the 5-foot-11, 190-pound center was the fifth-leading scorer at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship, the Maple Leafs opted to send him to Toronto of the American Hockey League . In 37 games during the second

William Andrew Michael Junior Nylander Altelius (born 1 May 1996) is a Canadian-born Swedish professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League ( NHL ).

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Every story needs specific elements. Theme, plot, conflict, setting, villain, ingenue, hero. Fair to say, the William Nylander-Toronto Maple Leafs drama had it all.

Depending on which side you're on, the names may be slightly different, but the storyline has had lots of twists and turns leading up to a long-term contract Dec. 1.

Let's break down the script and see how this story went from treatment to manuscript to production.

William Nylander's career timeline: From draft to deadline

June 27, 2014

It all started off so perfectly — a bright, sunny (assuming) day in Philadelphia — just like any movie. The Maple Leafs get their guy as William Nylander was taken eighth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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In Young Leafs , I track the building of a Maple Leafs team that looks poised to be a contender in the Eastern Conference for years to come and is already one of the most exciting teams in the league . If Nylander doesn’t turn out to be the most important piece acquired by the management team that

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Aug. 18, 2014

Less than two months later, the young ingenue signs a three-year entry-level contract worth $5.325M with an annual average salary of $1.775M.

“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,” then-Toronto GM David Nonis said. “We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract.”

His future is bright.

Feb. 29, 2016

Finally! The kid realizes his dream and makes his NHL debut. In 18:41 of ice time, he registers two shots on net.

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March 5, 2016

Then, the 19-year-old center nets his first goal — the game-winning goal — on a Leafs power play in the third period against the New York Islanders and goaltender Thomas Greiss. He is all smiles and excited for what is sure to be a promising career.

A post shared by William Nylander (@williamnylander) on Mar 6, 2016 at 11:35am PST

2015-16 Season

In 22 games with Toronto, Nylander nets six goals and seven assists and averages 16:20 in playing time.

2016-17 Season

At just 20 years old, the Canadian-born Swede plays his first full season in the NHL. In 81 games he breaks out and records 22 goals and 39 assists, is named Rookie of the Month twice (October and March) and finishes sixth in voting for the Calder Trophy.

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The young star also sees his first postseason action as he suits up for the Leafs' first-round elimination to the Capitals, scoring a goal and three assists in six games.

Everything is coming up roses.

Oct. 4, 2017

Let the drama commence! Nylander tells the media following the first morning skate of the year he won't negotiate during the season.

“Well, I’m a guy who just wants to: If we do it, (either) before the season or after,” Nylander told Sportsnet prior to the season opener. “We’re just trying to focus on the team, and the way I’m playing during the year.”​

2017-18 Season

Things could have taken a turn for the worse here as he headed into his sophomore year, and the dreaded sophomore slump.

But no!

Nylander scores 20 goals and 41 assists in a full slate of games. The first-round pick matched his point total from the previous year in the playoffs as the Leafs lose to the Bruins in the first round in seven games.

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William Nylander became the first European player chosen at the NHL draft in Philadelphia, when he was picked eighth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs . Nonis said the Leafs were looking to move down in the draft had two players not been available by their pick.

William Nylander and Mitch Marner have dazzled for the Leafs in their rookie seasons. Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images. I asked Marner what has been the most important lesson through more than a month into this NHL career, and he didn't hesitate with his answer.

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July 1

Dark clouds start to circle as the entry-level contract expires and Nylander becomes a restricted free agent. On the same day, John Tavares signs with the Maple Leafs leading to speculation if they'll be enough money to sign Nylander too.

July 4

Aug. 1

Sept. 13

Leafs open camp, and just like the O.K. Corral - although, maybe not as contentious and involving bloodshed - the standoff begins.

Sept. 25

Sept. 27

Interesting tweet from @CapFriendly. Could this be why the deal hasn't been done yet?

Oct. 3

Maple Leafs start their season without Nylander and win. Did Nylander misplay his hand?.

Oct. 6

Optimism is still high that the kid will sign soon.

Oct. 9

It appears Nylander wants a long-term agreement. But will he get it? Or will it be the more Leafs' friendly bridge deal? The drama starts to build.

Oct. 17

Toronto Sun reports Nylander and Toronto GM Kyle Dubas meet in Zurich.

Oct. 18

Plot twist! Next day Leafs scouts start showing up at games and NHL teams start sending multiple scouts to Toronto's games.

Oct. 19

Oct. 21

The hockey world is still confident the two sides will agree to a contract before the end of the month.

But GM Kyle Dubas also starts showing up at games, not in Toronto and without the Leafs playing.

Oct. 23

Former Maple Leafs Mats Sundin and Glen Healy offer their thoughts on the impasse

Halloween

A sweet moment breaks the dark clouds, for a moment. Kid Dubas and Kid Nylander agree to a deal. Will the adult versions sign one soon?

Dubas reiterates he's not trading Nylander, but rumors continue to swirl according to Sporting News' Lyle Richardson.

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William Nylander 's contract standoff with the Toronto Maple Leafs ended the way most observers assumed it would. Nylander lacks no-trade protection until the final year of his new contract. Having worked so hard to finally get Nylander under contract, it would make little sense for the Leafs

Nov. 16

In an exclusive with Sporting News, former NHLer Michael Peca, who sat out an entire year after being unable to come to an agreement with the Buffalo Sabres, offers up his thoughts.

Nov. 23

This tweet from Blue Jackets fan sends Leafs Twitter into a tizzy. But, his "update" never comes.

Nov. 24

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Nov. 28

Head coach Mike Babcock tells the media, "We're going to play him WHEN he gets back."

Nov. 29

Nov. 30

Babcock on Nylander: "In my heart and in my mind I know he's gonna be on the team. That's how I gotta think."

Dec. 1

And then, with minutes remaining before the 5 PM ET deadline and just when everyone thought the ending would be like "The Sopranos"...fade to black without knowing what will happen...

And now he's back in the fold, all is well in Maple Leafs land and they lived happily ever after...

until Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner's contracts expire after the season.

Kevan Miller injury update: Bruins defenseman out 5 weeks after taking puck to throat.
A CT scan in the hospital revealed a cartilage injury to Miller's larynx. He'll be re-evaluated in about five weeks, the Bruins said.

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