2014 NHL Combine: William Nylander, MODO

By Ken McKenna

2014 NHL Combine - William Nylander - MODO

Photo: MODO forward and 2014 prospect William Nylander is ranked second among European skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Through the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 season, forward William Nylander was struggling to live up to his reputation as a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft. The skilled forward and son of former star NHL forward Michael Nylander had played for two different organizations at various levels of Swedish hockey, but only occasionally showed flashes of the high-end talent that gained him his high ranking.

Perhaps the biggest stage for displaying Nylander's skills, the U20 World Junior Championship, ended up being a non-starter for the Calgary-born forward as he was passed over when Sweden's roster was announced.

But despite the fact that Nylander continued his nomadic existence during the season's second half, he finally found his rhythm and started producing points at a pace that was more befitting a player slated to have his name called among the top 10 players at this year's draft. He capped off his second-half surge with a terrific performance for Sweden at the 2014 U18 World Championship, where he was named that tournament's Best Forward after chalking up 16 points in just seven games.

Nylander was in Toronto, ON at the end of May to take part in the 2014 NHL Combine. Following his testing session, Nylander spoke with the media, a portion of which is captured in this HF video.

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