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Struggles Continue For William Nylander

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

William Nylander may not end up being the trailblazer we once thought he’d be.

For it’s hard to imagine any potential Group 2 free agent watching how these last few months have unfolded for the 22-year-old Swede and willingly choosing to skate a mile in his boots. It’s just been hard, plain and simple.

First the extended contract standoff with the Toronto Maple Leafs — which, for the sake of clarity, should be viewed just as much a failing of management as the player himself — and then the least productive stretch of hockey Nylander’s ever had.

And now, a stint on the fourth line during Friday’s 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers, which is about the last place Mike Babcock wants to put a talented winger who is pulling in more than $53,000 per day this season and due to receive an additional $8.3-million signing bonus on July 1.

“The bottom line is we don’t want Willy on the fourth line. We want Willy being a contributor for our hockey club,” said Babcock. “He’s an honest kid and usually puts in a good effort. He’ll continue to work at it. He’s never been through anything probably like this before, it’s tough catching up as you can see.”

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