No matter how the Leafs are doing, the one constant is that William Nylander will get mixed responses from the fanbase in terms of how he is doing.
There will be those who stand by the eighth overall pick of the 2014 Draft and give him praise for his skillset and smooth skating, while there are others who cannot stand him and are hoping to ship him off every single offseason for a defenceman. It’s easy to see why given that his salary is the most movable of the big four, the stench surrounding his contract negotiations not going away, and his seemingly lackadaisical effort on occasion.
Regardless of how you feel about him, the Leafs are a better team when Nylander is on his game and oozing with confidence. After all, he is coming off a career year where he finished third on the Leafs in scoring during the regular season (80) and playoffs (seven). But one of the big talking points apart from his sluggish start through the first four games of their series against Tampa Bay was this one incident where he seemingly avoided a collision in the corner with Erik Cernak that sent the hockey world into a frenzy. It was that moment where the aforementioned group of Leafs fans who hated his guts screamed louder than ever to have Nylander traded away.
After Toronto inevitably got eliminated in seven games, it was announced that Nylander would represent Sweden at the World Hockey Championships (WHC). In just his second game of the tournament, he showcas …
Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation