2014 U18 Video: William Nylander, Sweden

By Chapin Landvogt

William Nylander - Team Sweden

Photo: Sweden forward and 2014 prospect William Nylander is making his case at the U18 tournament for being the top European prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, a distinction given by Central Scouting to Finland’s Kasperi Kapanen (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Heading into the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, there was little doubt that Sweden forward William Nylander would be one of the more high profile players at this tournament. But it is doubtful that many expected the slick forward to turn the tournament into his own personal playground.

But so far, at least, that is what Nylander has done. The son of former NHL forward Michael Nylander is currently the leading scorer at this U18, totaling six goals and nine assists for 15 points in just five games. Nylander and his Swedish teammates will face a tough test in their next game, however, a semi-final showdown with a tormentor from previous U18's, Team USA.

The performance Nylander has turned in at this U18 belies the nomadic season he has experienced in 2013-14. The Calgary-born forward played for three different organizations at four different levels, finally finding his groove with Sodertalje in the Allsvenskan. In 17 games for that club, Nylander scored 11 goals and added 8 assists for 19 points.

Nylander spoke with Hockey's Future following his team's win over Slovakia, a conversation captured in this HF video.

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