Leafs Select William Nylander with 8th Overall Pick

Justin Fisher
June 27 2014 06:29PM


Oh, the Leafs don't draft skill? About that...

With the 8th overall pick, the Leafs went all in on the ultra-skilled center William Nylander out of MODO of the Swedish Hockey League. Son of Michael, the young Nylander is an offensive force, and absolutely tore up the international circuit with 12 goals and 25 points in only 14 games for Sweden's U-18 squad.

TLN's very own Bobby Cappucino wrote an excellent profile on Nylander just days ago. Read it here.

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2014 NHL Entry Draft - Nations Round 1 Liveblog

Nation World HQ
June 27 2014 05:35PM

Pick # Team Player
1 FLA  Ekblad
2 BUF  Reinhart
3 EDM  Draisaitl
4 CGY  Bennett
5 NYI  Dal Colle
6 VAN  Virtanen
7 CAR  Fleury
8 TOR  Nylander
9 WPG  Ehlers
10 ANA  Ritchie
11 NSH  Fiala
12 PHX  Perlini
13 WSH  Vrana
14 DAL  Honka
15 DET  Larkin
16 CBJ  Milano
17 PHI  Sanheim
18 MIN  Tuch
19 TBL  DeAngelo
20 CHI  Schmaltz
21 STL  Fabbri
22 PIT  Kapenan
23 COL  Bleackley
24 VAN  McCann
25 BOS  Pastrnak
26 MTL  Scherbak
27 SJS  Goldobin
28 NYI  Ho-Sang
29 LAK  Kempe
30 NJD Quenneville


Welcome to the Nations liveblog! We'll be updating things here all night long as the action unfolds. Trades, picks, speculation and punditry will be the order of the day. 

the draft is Christmas in June for most hockey fans. Especially the Nations collective since every single Nations club has a pick inside the top-10. Edmonton (3), Calgary (4), Vancouver (6), Toronto (8) and Winnipeg (9) will all come away with high-end prospects this evening. Unless a GM goes off board or trades the pick for some immediate help. Don't say it can't happen. We all know Dave Nonis is dying to flip Kadri and 8th so they can pick Nick Ritchie...

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Leafs Push Hard For First Overall

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 27 2014 02:40PM

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It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs are swinging for the fences this afternoon. According to Mike Kelly of the NHL Network, the Florida Panthers are considering an offer from Toronto for the first overall pick that includes Left Winger James Van Riemsdyk.

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Jared McCann: Bergeron 2.0?

Steve Dangle
June 27 2014 10:02AM

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Ok, Bergeron 2.0 is a pretty unfair question to ask, but you can blame Jared McCann for that. His gifted offensive talents combined with the pride he takes in shutting the opposition down could make him a name that comes up in Selke talk in the future.

I was fortunate enough to talk to the projected mid-to-late first-rounder about his game, his development, and learning both ends of the ice. Warning: May also contain totally sweet highlight reel video.

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What are the odds?: Draft prospect Michael Bunting

Steve Dangle
June 27 2014 12:37AM

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Hey everyone! Steve "Dangle" Glynn here. I'll be in Philadelphia with Canucks Army overlord Dimitri Filipovic for this year's NHL Entry Draft! We'll be gathering lots of content, some team specific and some that everyone can enjoy, so I hope you like it! I'm not in Philly just yet but I wanted to get a head start with interviews of some of this year's draft prospects. Thanks for reading!

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