William Nylander victim of dirty blindside hit in 2016 WJC debut

Jeff Veillette
December 26 2015 08:31AM

While everybody was excited to see William Nylander rip up the world juniors, there was some concern that his high-profile status would make him a physical target for the opposition. Those fears were confirmed, as the 19-year-old took a blindside hit to the head late in the first period.

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William Nylander on pace for historic production levels as World Juniors Loom

Jeff Veillette
December 25 2015 06:35PM

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Don't say that we didn't warn you. Earlier in the season, we hypothesized on this site that William Nylander could, in theory, score 100 points in the AHL this season. The post was heavily criticized as insane and highly biased. It's now Christmas Day and despite a "slump" of "just" five points in as many games before heading to Helsinki for the World Juniors, he's still on pace for 95 over 76 games.

Rather than stick to the "we told you so", this post aims to double down. At this point in time, William Nylander is the best player in the AHL, and arguably the best player to ever play at this level in his age range.

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The Twelve Leafs of Christmas

Justin Fisher
December 25 2015 10:32AM

Merry Christmas! We at TLN wish you and yours a wonderful holiday, and we hope you found a bunch of amazing gifts under the tree this morning! This is a guest post from friend-of-the-blog Mike Commito. Mike is a hockey historian, and writes for the Royal Half as the Preview Professor and contributes NHL history for the Canadian Encyclopedia. You can follow him on Twitter @mikecommito. - Justin Fisher

What could be better than a cold beer on a hot Christmas morning? A cold beer and some holiday hockey, that’s what. Up until 1971, the National Hockey League scheduled games on Christmas, much to the delight of fans, but probably to the chagrin of players and their families. When the practice was phased out after the 1971-72 season, the Leafs had played in thirty-three Christmas matchups dating back to 1920. 

Enjoy as we draw inspiration from a holiday classic and take a look back at some notable Christmas Leafs games.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
December 25 2015 06:00AM

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A Canucks Christmas rap, Mike Babcock and Christmas come early, Johnny Gaudreau is very good at hockey, can the Oilers sign Steven Stamkos, World Junior previews, Justin Schultz, Dougie Hamilton, Jake Gardiner and more in the weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings. Merry Christmas Nation!!

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Leafs at the Word Juniors: The Double Dion

Tom Hunter
December 24 2015 12:14PM

With the 2016 World Junior Championships just days away, TLN will be revisiting some of the best performances by Maple Leafs prospects during past WJC tournaments. Today, we take a look at a tournament that thanks to the NHL lockout had more high-end talent than any other WJC. Seven players from Team Canada went on to win Olympic Gold in Vancouver five years later but for many Canadian fans, the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championship will be forever remembered by one phrase “It’s a Double Dion!”

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