Toronto Maple Leafs Top 25 U25s: William Nylander Third on List, First in My Heart


I made a mistake with my vote in the Top 25. As you will see below in the voting table, I voted William Nylander # 2 overall. I think I made a mistake.

I should have voted it # 1.

Calm down and stop yelling.

Yes, Auston Matthews is an excellent hockey player and a center; a position that must be solid for teams to succeed. He clearly deserves to be ranked in the top two for the eight years he will be eligible for this list. However, there is no one who can manage the spotlights and recognize errors. No more so than Mitch Marner, who is also better ranked than William Nylander. These three top-ranked players participated in one of the most embarrassing nights in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs – the EBUG game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

All three failed to score on the Leafs / Marlies / Zamboni goalkeeper. The three couldn’t stop the Hurricanes from winning the game 6-3. All three were embarrassed after the match.

However, only one of them did more than hide at home the next day.

William Nylander was one of the few Maple Leafs players to show up for optional training the day after that game.

He did not hide in shame, he did not pretend that it never happened. He got dressed, went to work and made an effort against the very man who embarrassed him.

Neither Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, John Tavares, nor Morgan Rielly. None of the players wearing leader badges on their jerseys were present. The “lazy, greedy, good-for-nothing pretty boy” was.

This year, William Nylander had his best season as a maple leaf to date. After dismal 0.5 point years per game (7 goals, 20 assists, 54 games) in a season that would not begin until December, he rebounded with 31 goals, 28 assists in 68 games – 0.87 point per game. Four times more goals, more than twice as many points (while taking one less penalty! Where’s his Lady Byng?).

Unfortunately, I did not have as much company in my high rank of Nylander as in the past. Mitch Marner increases his support every year, understandably, he is a hockey player, but he is more expensive. Marner recovers $ 162,582.09 per point, while Nylander arrives at only $ 118,006.20 per point.

These incredible savings, you would think we got it from Bi-Way.

Votes – William Nylander

Player William Nylander
Player William Nylander
2020 ranking 3
Katya 3
seldo 2
species 3
arvind 3
fulemin 3
hardev 2
brigstew 2
taaeeve 2
omar 3
annie 2
Kevin 3
rahef 3
Average rank 2,58
Lowest rank 3
Highest rank 2
Propagation in rang 1
Total des votes 12

Although my writings on Nylander come from the heart, my colleagues also need their space to explain why they ranked William so low.

Brigstew: I ranked Nylander because I think it is ready for a big year of turnaround, while thinking that Marner’s season last year wasn’t as hot as some people think. I think Tavares and Marner improve each other in the same way as Matthews and Nylander. We will see how each of Nylander and Marner will do this year assuming they both have a full season on the team. Don’t @ me fans of Rich Marner.

Arvind: I’ve spilled enough digital ink on Nylander in the past year, so I probably don’t need to do much more, but I’m still there. I still think Nylander is a solid front row winger – my biggest concern about him is that he has had three consecutive years of poor 5v5 shooting results, and if he can’t fix that, my projection of he as a front row winger is too pink. However, his behavior cannot be disputed, and the adequacy between him and Matthews is too perfect to deny more. He’s a brilliant player.

Hardev: I really like Nylander. I think he has diverse skills and a work ethic and could have been a major positive force wherever he goes. I hope that I can stop pumping his tires as much online this season because he will do it himself with this good percentage of shooting. He has it in him to be “dominant” and I can’t wait to see him because when he’s there, there aren’t a lot of other players that I like to watch more than Willy Ny. He probably won’t score 90 points like I tweeted, but hey, we can only hope.

EDIT: The above were comments from 2019, which were included in error. Those responsible have been held accountable, as we rule with an iron fist here at the PPP. Comments from this year’s voters are below.

Species: First in pecs, third in Leafs U25 hockey.

Katya: You know, I really believed in the magic of Nylander and Matthews. It was alchemy that violated the law of conservation of matter. And then he played with John Tavares. Perhaps it is Nylander himself who is magic. So there are two of them, and most of the time they both play RW, so we spend forever discussing what is almost perfect. This is again the story of Crosby / Malkin. Perhaps we should not forget that Nylander is one of the best players in the NHL at 24, and there is nobody at all for his work. He’s just too good.

Brigstew: For the second year in a row, I had Nylander in front of Marner. Last year seemed to be a write-off, and I guess it would have a great year of rebound. I don’t think I saw him do what he really did … he was superb. 31 goals in just 68 games is pretty awesome, and he was on a big hit with Tavares. I know Marner has more points than Nylander, and I really don’t care. I basically rank them tied with each other according to my logical brain, but the tiebreaker goes to Willy because my heart loves him.

Hardev: I also had Nylander in front of Marner. I love the goals and Willy is content with his form on this front, even if he did not quite succeed in his mid-range shot as expected when he was a hope. We thank Marner for the points, but he was tired for me in power play this year. I wanted to see new things, not his shot. Nylander finally got the power play and its mobility from the middle to the fenders and in front is a great addition. I would like to see him become the focal point of the power game at one point, he has the individual shot to make it work and all the playing capacity. Marner would not look too bad on the bumper no more.

Arvind: When William Nylander was drafted, the best scenario was that he would become a complete elite offensive player. That is, he would be a triple threat – a player who can carry the puck, pass it and shoot it at a high level in the NHL. Last year, I wrote that, as long as Nylander had gone through his first three years, the latter part of this triple threat promise was simply not visible. Nylander’s shooting in his first few seasons in the league could best be described as average. He failed to reach his expected 5 against 5 goals in each of his first three seasons, and even though he made up part of the game on a power play, his shot was nowhere near the elite. And it’s hard to be a very good offensive player without some shooting skill. This year has changed. Really, it’s the only thing that has changed, as the rest of the William Nylander package was the same as usual… elite transition play, solid game play and penalty differentials, coupled with the occasional horrible defensive blunder . What remains to be seen is how much of this shot lift he discovered is real and what the variance is. If he can continue to be a solidly above average shooter, he begins to knock on the door of the top 30 attackers in the league. If he cannot, he is “simply” a good first liner. Either way, we’re in a good position with him.

William Nylander is our No. 3 maple leaf under the age of 25.

Again, I’m sorry Will.


Should William Nylander be our number one choice this year?

  • 16%


    (37 votes)

  • dix%

    This is ridiculous reasoning and not.

    (23 votes)

  • 35%

    It is very good, but you know, not as good.

    (80 votes)

  • 14%

    Absolutely yes.

    (34 votes)

  • 23%

    I’m sorry to have been lost in his eyes, what was the question still?

    (53 votes)

227 votes au total
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