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From the Branches: William Nylander though

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He’s pretty cool.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

I was challenged to provide you with an All-William-All-The-Time FTB.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Will Ny the Scoring Guy

Slightly later today Katya is going to (muffled because of spoilers) but anyway it’s an article about Nylander. Because of that, please take this time to review some of his goals.

Toronto Maple Leafs: William Nylander Should not be Traded | Editor in Leaf
'Every year something preposterous gets suggested in the Toronto Maple Leafs media, this year it’s the “trade Nylander for a defenseman” chatter.'

William Nylander goes from unknown to MVP in dominating performance at worlds | The Athletic
"With a team that boasted NHL stars Henrik Lundqvsit in net, Nick Backstrom and Gabriel Landeskog up front, and Victor Hedman, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Klingberg on the point, Nylander surprisingly served as the focal point that led Sweden to its first championship in four years and 10th all-time."

Toronto Maple Leafs Roundtable: William Nylander @ Centre | Editor in Leaf
'This week we asked the question “should William Nylander play Centre next season?” We all know that Mike Babcock said that he won’t. But is he telling the truth?'

Leafs don’t know how good they have it with William Nylander | Tip of the Tower
'While everyone has gone head over heels for Auston Matthews, it is evident that many have overlooked and forgotten about Nylander and what he can bring for the Leafs. His achievement with Sweden is inevitably “one final gold star for the Toronto Maple Leafs season”, according to Yahoo Sports.'

But is he dangerous in the room? TO HIS OWN TEAM, EVEN? Never forget:

I’m pretty sure he should be traded guys. He might bring hope back to the Washington Capitals. They need more Swedes, because apparently the more you have, the closer you get to the Cup. Do the Caps have any interesting D?

Predators just 1 NHL team winning thanks to their Swedes | Washington Post
"It has been a sweet postseason for players from a nation whose players once were derided for being soft and not able to handle the rigors of the NHL. In all, general manager David Poile has six Swedes on Nashville’s playoff roster as the Predators reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their 19-year history."

Nicklas Backstrom takes gold medal selfie with shirtless William Nylander in locker room | RMNB
"The three posed for a gold medal selfie, which appears to be taken by Backstrom. It’s a rare photograph where the shy Backstrom has the biggest smile in the room."

I sense a theme with these Swedes:

Happy William day!

Poll

Should William Nylander be traded for a defenceman?

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  • 3%
    Y...es ~runs before the stones hit
    (15 votes)
  • 39%
    No
    (179 votes)
  • 4%
    At least three columns in this FTB have said this idea was stupid
    (19 votes)
  • 44%
    EVEN BORJE SALMING SAID THIS IDEA WAS STUPID
    (198 votes)
  • 8%
    So many people think it’s dumb that I’ve lapped back around and think it’s a good idea again
    (38 votes)
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