Dmytro Timashov named player of the game in Sweden's WJC debut

Jeff Veillette
December 26 2015 10:13AM


Though the main story in Toronto after Sweden's first game at the World Juniors is the status of William Nylander, who took a blindside hit to the head in the first period and didn't return, he wasn't the only Leafs prospect on the ice this morning. Dmytro Timashov, who lined up with the Nylander brothers on Sweden's top line, stole the show with two goals and an assist.

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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 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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