Swedish journalist Henrik Sjoberg broke the news at 3 AM ET: due to injuries sustained during Sweden's first game against Switzerland, William Nylander will not play in the remaining games of the World Junior Championship. In fact, the IIHF followed up this news by reporting that Nylander will be returning to Toronto immediately.
William Nylander, who suffered a head injury in the first game vs. Switzerland, will not be able to play tomorrow’s semi-final vs. Finland and will also miss the medal game the day after. The decision was made by the medical team today. He will leave the team immediately and return to Toronto. (Source)This decision comes close on the heels of reports that Lou Lamoriello flew to Helsinki to meet with Sweden IHA vice-chair Peter Forsberg regarding Nylander's health.
During his sole game played for Sweden, Nylander had one goal on his one shot for a shooting percentage of 100%. Without Nylander, team Sweden has a perfect record in the preliminary round, defeating all four teams in regulation to garner the maximum number of points. Sweden won its quarterfinal match yesterday against Slovakia with a 6-0 shutout, and will advance to play Finland in the semifinal round.
Switzerland, the team responsible for Nylander's tournament-ending injury, won its relegation match against Belarus, and will be attending the 2017 WJC in Montreal.
This news leaves us with an important, unanswered question: What is Nylander's estimated return to the Marlies?