At the time of writing this, we are 18(!) days from the start of Leaf’s hockey! So naturally, we are just finding something to do to avoid all responsibilities and get us through the tail end of the off season (anyone signed Franson or Shore yet?) Anyways, here are my top 5 Leaf’s to watch out for this season. The order might (or might not) surprise you, but it really shouldn’t as I am a Fremlin and anyone who even remotely follows Dylan or I can see how this is about to go down. I’ll break this down in videos rather than words because honestly, who would rather read my writing over watching visual proof?
5. John Tavares
To be honest, he barely made the list seeing how there are much more impressive players on the roster. But, I had to remind everyone in case they had not heard today, that John Tavares is in fact, a Toronto Maple Leaf (and yes, he did indeed not meet with a certain team who shall not be named *cough* Montreal *cough*). We have seen so much of JT this summer that I will not dive deep into this, he is amazing, and here is why.
I’m not crying, you’re crying. I said I would not dwell on this, so I’ll just leave that there (credit to Jaskaran Dhami on YouTube) and let it sit.
4. William Nylander
Here he is, everyone’s favorite Swede. I love him, you love him, and your significant others also love him (no shocking revelation there). Lets just watch a clip or two, shall we?
this was so smooth it just pleases my eyeballs pic.twitter.com/JT2KUIhdGB
— william nylander's burner account (@DylanFremlin) August 26, 2018
Ah yes, a wonderful feature including everyone’s favorite, Jake Gardiner, and I guess that Auston Matthews guy too. Has anyone ever seen someone so smooth? He truly is worthy of a higher spot on the list.
— Higher spot on the list did you say? Well, you requested it, here it is..
3. William Nylander
Easily rounding out the top 3, William Nylander strikes again, earning his second spot in the top 5. I was honestly going to leave him at one entry, but I got to watching videos and honestly, I was caught for hours just watching all Nylander content. Alas, here is more of my nephew (I guess that’s how this works?) William.
william nylander strips the puck from stamkos on the backcheck nbd pic.twitter.com/XuPSyW9Xxz
— william nylander's burner account (@DylanFremlin) February 27, 2018
Yeah, that’s him stripping the puck from notable depth forward *reads note written on hand* Steven Stamkos, who is not good on any level (other than the NHL and probably anything he does including Fortnite). As if there is anything that Nylander cannot do.
I guess that I should prove that there is nothing that he can not do!
2. William Nylander
I’m honestly done with introductions at this point, here’s “weak” Willaim Nylander fighting in the corner (is this still a storyline that people follow?).
i like how nylander supports hyman on the cycle down low by stealing it from him twice and then getting matthews the puck in the slot for a shot. he really wants to show the coach he can do what hyman does too. pic.twitter.com/uYMo6IUCYW
— william nylander's burner account (@DylanFremlin) January 17, 2018
MAYBE NYLANDER ISN’T WHAT YOU THINK.
1. Willy Nylander
Coming in at #1, surprising absolutely no one, is notable handsome devil, William Nylander. Now that you have got through him being amazing everywhere but in the goals category, here is him doing that too.
Here is William Nylander's first NHL goal for no particular reason. pic.twitter.com/RQ1HhFWDWX
— william nylander's burner account (@DylanFremlin) July 27, 2017
Just noticed Marner let the puck go through his feet to get to Nylander on Nylander's goal last night. Not sure how he knew he was there. pic.twitter.com/2G12EbB2tz
— william nylander's burner account (@DylanFremlin) March 23, 2017
NOTE: that Mitch Marner guy is kind of good too, he was #6 on this list.
Nylander with a beautiful shot on the PP ties the game at one. pic.twitter.com/wxtSHPocvf
— william nylander's burner account (@DylanFremlin) March 10, 2017
Other important clips for the sake of humanity:
Nylander and Matthews with the low-key fist bump. pic.twitter.com/CfZczSVlrK
— william nylander's burner account (@DylanFremlin) March 21, 2017
Nylander made Orlov look silly leading to Hyman's goal. pic.twitter.com/iAmsc5A7o1
— william nylander's burner account (@DylanFremlin) April 19, 2017
imagine getting on the ice and realizing you're facing Nylander-Matthews with Gardiner on the ice? guaranteed full shift in your D-zone. pic.twitter.com/j0doh4tPvA
— william nylander's burner account (@DylanFremlin) October 1, 2017
lmao Nylander just toying with guys now pic.twitter.com/GebmGNM4jh
— william nylander's burner account (@DylanFremlin) October 11, 2017
william nylander just broke matt stajan's ankles lmao pic.twitter.com/SCvJolOfVD
— william nylander's burner account (@DylanFremlin) December 7, 2017
Thanks for following along for this long, and remember, your day is not complete until you have watched at least one whole hour of Nylander content. Here is an easy reminder if you ever forget what William Nylander means to you, and also, for fun here is the low end of what he deserves in his contract, courtesy of a poll by Ian Tulloch.
Nylander meaning reminder: