The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled first-round pick William Nylander from Sweden’s MODO, and while that seemingly only amounts to him moving on to the AHL, it was enough of a development to generate a widespread reaction this morning.
(For what it’s worth, the Leafs themselves haven’t announced it yet, but MODO and a wealth of other sources passed the word along.)
Some Maple Leafs fans may want to see the promising son of Michael Nylander in action at the NHL level this season, yet it sounds like the plan is to get him acquainted with the North American game. TSN’s Bob McKenzie cites that plus some upheaval with MODO as to why this move was made, while Sportsnet’s Damien Cox reports that he won’t play at the NHL level “regardless of injuries.”
Some wondered if the 18-year-old might jump straight to the Leafs after impressing the organization shortly after they selected him eighth overall in 2014. Toronto resisted, and Nylander’s acquitted himself nicely overseas, scoring 20 points in 21 games for MODO.
At minimum, a few more eyes could be on the AHL’s Toronto Marlies thanks to this move.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Is there any destination that makes sense for Martin Brodeur now that his St. Louis Blues journey is more or less finished? (The Hockey News)
Anaheim Ducks players share their fondest Teemu Selanne memories. (Ducks)
How cool would a defending champions vs. All-Stars format be? Cool enough that even Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter digs it. (LA Kings Insider)
Why it’s a “travesty” that P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty were All-Star snubs. (Montreal Gazette)
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A glance at the influence of “puck luck.” (Raleigh News & Observer)
Even the Columbus Blue Jackets aren’t excited for the start of the work week, apparently.
Which teams have been especially inept and adept at drafting since 2000? (Bleacher Report)
The Los Angeles Kings delighted cheesy nickname enthusiasts by resembling “That 70’s Line” of Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli, but they’re dropping like flies on Saturday.
First, word surfaced that Toffoli is out indefinitely with mono. Now Kings fans cringe in anticipation to hear how bad Pearson’s issue might be as he fell feet-first into the boards during the second period of tonight’s wild game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Update: Bad news from LA Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen: the 22-year-old broke a bone in his lower leg.
As you can see, Rosen got confirmation from the team, but the Kings didn’t release any sort of injury timeline for Pearson. One would assume that we’ll know about that soon, whether that comes on Sunday or in this coming week.