William Nylander: 2014 NHL Top Prospect

William Nylander150William Nylander-Altelius  — 

League:  SHL     Team:  Modo

Position:  C/LW     Shoots:  Right

DOB:  May 1, 1996     Birthplace:  Calgary, AB

Height: 5’11     Weight:  180

2013-14  SHL —  Games: 22   G: 1   A: 6  Pts: 7  PIM: 6   Plus/Minus: -3

2013-14  ALL —  Games: 35   G: 15   A: 12  Pts:  27  PIM: 16   Plus/Minus: +2  

2013-14  U18 WJC —  Games: 7   G: 6   A: 10  Pts:  16  PIM: 0   Plus/Minus:  

William Nylander split the 2013-14 season playing for Modo in the SHL and also split 35 games between Rogle and Sodertalje in the Allsvenskan league (Division 2).

Winnipeg Hockey Talk’s evaluations of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect William Nylander.


1.  Represented Sweden at the World U17, U18 and Ivan Hlinka U18.

2.  Drafted in the 2nd round, 60th overall by Avangard Omsk in the 2013 KHL Draft.

3.  2014 WJC U18 leading scorer and named tournament Top Forward.

Offensive Buzzwords

William Nylander is a highly skilled center that has all the high end offensive attributes you can list. Terrific hockey sense, great hands, excellent on-ice vision, very good play-making ability with a good shot and he is an outstanding skater.  He is the complete package.


William Nylander is an excellent skater with outstanding speed and agility that is able to make plays and see the ice at top speed.  He is one of the more gifted skaters in this draft class.

William Nylander #88:  video from the Allsvenskan League: 4:51

Defensive Buzzwords

William Nylander defensive game is average but he does compete well in all three zones on the ice. It will need to improve at the NHL level.

Prospect Analysis 

William Nylander has first line talent and skill.  His father is ex-NHLer Michael Nylander, so he comes by his talent naturally.  Playing in the SHL and Allsvenskan Leagues should make his transition to the NHL a little easier but it will still be an adjustment to the smaller ice and the more physical NHL game. At 5’11 and 180 pounds he is not a physical player but he is not easily moved off of the puck.  His superior skating ability, use of line-mates and on-ice vision make him extremely dangerous and tough to defend.  In my opinion William Nylander Altelius will be the hidden gem in this draft class. Top 10 pick.  Maybe a Winnipeg Jet !!!


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