WILLIAM NYLANDER

Lowetide
April 24 2014 02:03PM

In the final installment of the draft series dedicated to the possible first round pick, we arrive at William Nylander's resume. Choosing Nylander could be awkward, but it might be a wise choice. Let's have a look.

THEY'RE JUST WILD ABOUT WILLIAM.....

  • Craig Button, TSN: Nylander boasts high-end skills highlighted by excellent puck control. His confidence with the puck is outstanding and he has as much patience with it as any player in the draft.
  • Red Line Report: while William Nylander has recently rebounded from some early doldrums, we have soured somewhat on all the drama that surrounds his attitude. Having said that, we can't knock him out of the top 10 because, well… he's very likely the most purely skilled offensive player in this draft.
  • Report is here. 
  • Goran Stubb, Central Scouting:“William is an exceptional talent with all the tools needed to become a star. He’s an artist on the ice. William is an excellent offensive player with an extremely high skill level. He’s not a selfish player, but does tend to hold on to the puck too long at times. He needs to improve his defensive game, but he’s a fun player to watch and a real crowd-pleaser.”
  • Report is here.

u18 scoring

Nylander is dominating the scoring at this year's U18 tournament, and the Oilers have scouts observing the action in Finland.

roatis

pronnman nylander

ALSO IN THE SERIES....

ANYTHING ELSE?

William Nylander is the son of Michael Nylander. There is some history here, but if Nylander was the right pick I doubt it would impact anything. Still, it's part of the story.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

dad

Nylander's closing fast based on reports, but I don't think he'll go in the top three overall. The Edmonton Oilers, if they pick third overall, will select one of Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett or Leon Draisaitl.

    C2a6955161684b5e3189319acfa5ebe4
    Lowetide has been one of the Oilogosphere's shining lights for over a century. You can check him out here at OilersNation and at lowetide.ca. He is also the host of Lowdown with Lowetide weekday mornings 10-noon on TSN 1260.
    Avatar
    #1 Clay
    April 24 2014, 02:08PM
    Trash it!
    10
    trashes
    Cheers
    66
    cheers

    Pure skill with ego issues. Sounds like an Oiler already. I wonder what DK's kid thinks of him.

    Avatar
    #2 Racki
    April 24 2014, 02:10PM
    Trash it!
    5
    trashes
    Cheers
    56
    cheers

    Potential to be Nylandered again? Sign me up!

    Avatar
    #3 Rama Lama
    April 24 2014, 02:17PM
    Trash it!
    6
    trashes
    Cheers
    57
    cheers

    Truth be told the line regarding him being the most skilled player available actually scares me.

    No more high skilled soft players need apply. We need a skilled junk yard dog.........Sam Bennet most fills that need.

    Let's not give KLowe any ideas here!

    Avatar
    #4 CurtisS
    April 24 2014, 02:20PM
    Trash it!
    5
    trashes
    Cheers
    8
    cheers

    Pretty amazing Mcdavids numbers last year. Couldn't even imagine him in this tournament this year and next year!

    These players this year are a cut below next year and last year.

    Avatar
    #5 Mark
    April 24 2014, 02:29PM
    Trash it!
    17
    trashes
    Cheers
    5
    cheers
    CurtisS wrote:

    Pretty amazing Mcdavids numbers last year. Couldn't even imagine him in this tournament this year and next year!

    These players this year are a cut below next year and last year.

    Top 3 players in this years draft would have gone somewhere between

    5-8 in last years draft

    Avatar
    #6 Quicksilver ballet
    April 24 2014, 02:36PM
    Trash it!
    30
    trashes
    Cheers
    12
    cheers

    Could we get a Jake Virtanen too LT? That kid looks like a keeper as well.

    This statement is Madjam approved.

    ....and Wonger wants something on that Nick Richie kid as well. Aquiring the picks to get these kids is a mere formality from what I hear.

    We're thinking of starting a very affordable all rookie line in October. Bennett/Virtanen/Richie.

    Avatar
    #7 Jake
    April 24 2014, 02:39PM
    Trash it!
    1
    trashes
    Cheers
    41
    cheers

    Even if Oilers were trading down this is not the type of player Oilers need.

    Avatar
    #8 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
    April 24 2014, 02:43PM
    Trash it!
    2
    trashes
    Cheers
    29
    cheers

    Are you sure his name isn't Ales Nylander?

    Avatar
    #9 Mike Krushelnyski
    April 24 2014, 02:48PM
    Trash it!
    88
    trashes
    Cheers
    17
    cheers

    Trade the pick for help today!

    Do it, Mac T, don't be !

    Avatar
    #10 bwar
    April 24 2014, 02:51PM
    Trash it!
    37
    trashes
    Cheers
    18
    cheers

    These articles are hilarious, keep em coming Lowetide. Maybe you could do a few pieces about random NHlers who will never be Oilers.

    Avatar
    #11 gbm
    April 24 2014, 02:59PM
    Trash it!
    0
    trashes
    Cheers
    60
    cheers

    Firm pass.

    Has nothing to do with dad's history with the Oil. The last thing this organization needs is an 18yo diva who needs to work on the defensive side of his game but doesn't see it.

    Avatar
    #12 Soccer Steve
    April 24 2014, 03:05PM
    Trash it!
    15
    trashes
    Cheers
    42
    cheers

    @Mike Krushelnyski

    Lowetide, get rid of this comment and this clown.

    Avatar
    #13 number99
    April 24 2014, 03:14PM
    Trash it!
    8
    trashes
    Cheers
    24
    cheers

    LT, Please remove this Knob-job and his comments.

    Thanks

    Avatar
    #14 NJ
    April 24 2014, 03:18PM
    Trash it!
    2
    trashes
    Cheers
    27
    cheers

    Excellent .gif. That lil girl got saved by Scrivens!

    Avatar
    #15 Sorensenator
    April 24 2014, 03:38PM
    Trash it!
    4
    trashes
    Cheers
    0
    cheers

    riiiiiiiiiight

    Avatar
    #16 Shredder
    April 24 2014, 03:38PM
    Trash it!
    0
    trashes
    Cheers
    18
    cheers
    CurtisS wrote:

    Pretty amazing Mcdavids numbers last year. Couldn't even imagine him in this tournament this year and next year!

    These players this year are a cut below next year and last year.

    While you're probably right, and the Oilers years for top draft choices weren't McDavid's and MacKinnon's, you still get quality players in this year's draft, and if we can't build around Eberle, Hall, Nuge, Yak, Nurse, Schultz, and #3 overall, who I consider all quality players, then what do you do? Not all #1 overall picks are Crosby, but that doesn't mean they won't be good players. How many do we need in the top 10 in scoring?

    Avatar
    #17 Lochenzo
    April 24 2014, 03:49PM
    Trash it!
    5
    trashes
    Cheers
    46
    cheers

    Bennett, Bennett, Bennett.

    Draisaitl has the size advantage, but I'm kinda tired of having guys on this team who have to be reminded to use their size out on the ice. You don't have to tell Bennett to do that.

    Avatar
    #18 Oilerboy1112
    April 24 2014, 04:09PM
    Trash it!
    22
    trashes
    Cheers
    26
    cheers
    Shredder wrote:

    While you're probably right, and the Oilers years for top draft choices weren't McDavid's and MacKinnon's, you still get quality players in this year's draft, and if we can't build around Eberle, Hall, Nuge, Yak, Nurse, Schultz, and #3 overall, who I consider all quality players, then what do you do? Not all #1 overall picks are Crosby, but that doesn't mean they won't be good players. How many do we need in the top 10 in scoring?

    Hall > Mackinnon

    Avatar
    #19 50 in 39
    April 24 2014, 04:20PM
    Trash it!
    3
    trashes
    Cheers
    2
    cheers

    @Oilerboy1112

    Maybe

    Avatar
    #20 Clay
    April 24 2014, 04:21PM
    Trash it!
    13
    trashes
    Cheers
    23
    cheers
    Oilerboy1112 wrote:

    Hall > Mackinnon

    Not even close.

    If MacKinnon was drafted just 2 weeks later he would be 1st overall in this year's draft. He doesn't turn 19 until the end of August. What he has done as a true 18 year old in the NHL is fairly unprecendented, and sees him trending towards generational.

    Avatar
    #21 Oiltown3000
    April 24 2014, 04:55PM
    Trash it!
    5
    trashes
    Cheers
    28
    cheers
    Clay wrote:

    Not even close.

    If MacKinnon was drafted just 2 weeks later he would be 1st overall in this year's draft. He doesn't turn 19 until the end of August. What he has done as a true 18 year old in the NHL is fairly unprecendented, and sees him trending towards generational.

    What if Mackinnon doesn't do well in his second and third season?? In RNH's first year he got 52 pts in 62 games which is awesome for a rookie and Mackinnon got 62 pts in 82 games which is also great. RNH didn't do that good in his second or third season. We can't judge a rookie by his first season.

    Avatar
    #22 Joy S. Lee
    April 24 2014, 05:12PM
    Trash it!
    14
    trashes
    Cheers
    12
    cheers
    Oiltown3000 wrote:

    What if Mackinnon doesn't do well in his second and third season?? In RNH's first year he got 52 pts in 62 games which is awesome for a rookie and Mackinnon got 62 pts in 82 games which is also great. RNH didn't do that good in his second or third season. We can't judge a rookie by his first season.

    Except MacKinnon is doing it in the playoffs, too. Against Ryan Suter.

    He will NOT be regressing, he's too dynamic, and too driven to win.

    Avatar
    #23 Romanus
    April 24 2014, 05:15PM
    Trash it!
    0
    trashes
    Cheers
    10
    cheers
    Clay wrote:

    Pure skill with ego issues. Sounds like an Oiler already. I wonder what DK's kid thinks of him.

    On the first goal I also see 2 guys cheating for offence in the neutral zone while the puck was in their end and were lucky the defense got the puck out and to them. This also has him ready to be an oiler.

    Avatar
    #24 They're $hittie
    April 24 2014, 05:21PM
    Trash it!
    5
    trashes
    Cheers
    27
    cheers

    @Joy S. Lee

    Mackinnon is great and will be great,

    but Mackinnon is surrounded by a good mix of players all who have skill. He is not expected to take the load on his shoulders as hall is. He has two or three other players who can play center and bump him down the depth chart and hold him accountable for his play.

    Right now it is much easier for Mackinnon to succeed than it is hall

    Avatar
    #25 Soccer Steve
    April 24 2014, 05:31PM
    Trash it!
    8
    trashes
    Cheers
    33
    cheers
    They're $hittie wrote:

    Mackinnon is great and will be great,

    but Mackinnon is surrounded by a good mix of players all who have skill. He is not expected to take the load on his shoulders as hall is. He has two or three other players who can play center and bump him down the depth chart and hold him accountable for his play.

    Right now it is much easier for Mackinnon to succeed than it is hall

    He also has Roy, Sakic, and Foote. We have Lowe, MacTavish, and Buchberger.

    Avatar
    #26 HockeyGuy
    April 24 2014, 06:16PM
    Trash it!
    21
    trashes
    Cheers
    1
    cheers

    I'm thinking the Oilers best bet would be to trade away their 3rd overall pick...either to move up or most beneficial...down in the draft. Why? Well...with Calgary picking right after them the Oilers simply can't win with their pick. If they get the better player it will be because they picked third...but if the player Calgary picks pans out better then it will be rubbed in the Oilers' faces for the next decade...not to mention what would happen if the Canucks find a steal that outperforms the Oilers' #3!

    Avatar
    #28 They're $hittie
    April 24 2014, 07:04PM
    Trash it!
    2
    trashes
    Cheers
    3
    cheers
    Lowetide wrote:

    As an aside, if you'd like to see more of these just let me know. If there's a player you'd like to read more on, just post it and I'll see what I can do.

    LT

    Nick Ritchie,

    Looks like he will be a steal for the leafs

    Avatar
    #29 ColourMeImpressed
    April 24 2014, 07:08PM
    Trash it!
    3
    trashes
    Cheers
    5
    cheers

    @Lowetide

    Virtanen.

    Avatar
    #30 They're $hittie
    April 24 2014, 07:15PM
    Trash it!
    11
    trashes
    Cheers
    6
    cheers
    Soccer Steve wrote:

    He also has Roy, Sakic, and Foote. We have Lowe, MacTavish, and Buchberger.

    how did I miss the most obvious.

    the way I see it, if you use Crosby as a pillar lets say 100 OV rating, the list of first and future firsts is something like this

    Crosby 100, he is just that much better

    McDavid 97, Suppose to be the next best thing

    Stamkos 95,

    Tavares 94,

    Mackinnon 94,

    Hall 94,

    Ovechkin 94, Can score but his career will be short and he just isnt a winner in team perspective

    Kane 93,

    Nuge 92,

    Yak 91

    Reinhart 91

    Erik Johnson 88, hes good but there is much better out there

    Avatar
    #31 DonDon
    April 24 2014, 08:15PM
    Trash it!
    0
    trashes
    Cheers
    6
    cheers
    Oilerboy1112 wrote:

    Hall > Mackinnon

    Don't think Hall equals MacKinnon, both different type of players. Also MacKinnon can exhibit his outstanding skills as he is playing for a much better organization.

    As for Nylander or any other prospect, how many draft picks do the Oilers get between the top 3 selection and the 93rd selection?

    Avatar
    #32 Joe
    April 24 2014, 08:45PM
    Trash it!
    1
    trashes
    Cheers
    0
    cheers
    Lowetide wrote:

    As an aside, if you'd like to see more of these just let me know. If there's a player you'd like to read more on, just post it and I'll see what I can do.

    LT

    Travis Sanheim

    Avatar
    #33 Mark
    April 24 2014, 08:56PM
    Trash it!
    16
    trashes
    Cheers
    3
    cheers

    Trade the #3 pick for Sean Couturier

    Avatar
    #34 John Krahn
    April 24 2014, 09:10PM
    Trash it!
    4
    trashes
    Cheers
    2
    cheers

    @DonDon

    Hall > MacKinnon means Hall is greater than not equal to MacKinnon.

    Avatar
    #35 Chambers
    April 24 2014, 09:11PM
    Trash it!
    7
    trashes
    Cheers
    2
    cheers
    Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

    Trade the pick for help today!

    Do it, Mac T, don't be !

    I agree!! Have the Oilers not learned there lesson? Do the Oilers not need help today? Can the Oilers afford to wait 2-3 years before the player in this draft is ready?

    I guess all of a sudden the Oiler fans have patience! wow unbelievable!

    Avatar
    #36 Jeffff
    April 24 2014, 09:18PM
    Trash it!
    5
    trashes
    Cheers
    6
    cheers
    Chambers wrote:

    I agree!! Have the Oilers not learned there lesson? Do the Oilers not need help today? Can the Oilers afford to wait 2-3 years before the player in this draft is ready?

    I guess all of a sudden the Oiler fans have patience! wow unbelievable!

    Don't you know the 2020 draft is suppose to be one of the best ever drafts.

    Avatar
    #37 Shaun
    April 24 2014, 10:25PM
    Trash it!
    5
    trashes
    Cheers
    3
    cheers

    Draisaitl

    Avatar
    #38 toprightcorner
    April 24 2014, 10:36PM
    Trash it!
    0
    trashes
    Cheers
    4
    cheers

    If we draft Nylander his mom will not let him play for the Oilers cause its too cold!

    Avatar
    #39 Jerry
    April 24 2014, 10:44PM
    Trash it!
    2
    trashes
    Cheers
    6
    cheers

    Well done Kevin Lowe . He knows winning

    This just in from Bloomberg Businessweek, their efficiency rating on which pro sports team do the best at turning dollars spent on salary into wins and championships.

    The second worst team? The Edmonton Oilers.

    http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2014/04/24/the-second-least-efficient-team-in-all-north-american-team-sports-here-come-the-oilers/

    Avatar
    #40 Oilers Coffey
    April 24 2014, 10:52PM
    Trash it!
    1
    trashes
    Cheers
    2
    cheers

    @NJ

    The Scrivenator saves the day. Anything Nylander should be thrown out the window. Or wait the mother will veto the kid going any where near the Oilers.

    Avatar
    #41 Jeffff
    April 24 2014, 11:00PM
    Trash it!
    1
    trashes
    Cheers
    8
    cheers
    Jerry wrote:

    Well done Kevin Lowe . He knows winning

    This just in from Bloomberg Businessweek, their efficiency rating on which pro sports team do the best at turning dollars spent on salary into wins and championships.

    The second worst team? The Edmonton Oilers.

    http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2014/04/24/the-second-least-efficient-team-in-all-north-american-team-sports-here-come-the-oilers/

    Oilers finished 121 out 122 teams. This is a comedy the Oilers. Shocking if they average it over 8 years Oilers would have finished last.

    Ha Ha Ha KLowe Ha Ha me they are still paying this guy

    Avatar
    #42 madjam
    April 24 2014, 11:07PM
    Trash it!
    2
    trashes
    Cheers
    4
    cheers
    Lowetide wrote:

    As an aside, if you'd like to see more of these just let me know. If there's a player you'd like to read more on, just post it and I'll see what I can do.

    LT

    Show the Virtanen highlights and let the viewers decide . he was rated NBR.3 earlier in the year . Coutourier was rated high and slipped - have a feeling Virtanen would pan out here .

    Avatar
    #43 Hat
    April 24 2014, 11:56PM
    Trash it!
    2
    trashes
    Cheers
    30
    cheers
    Lowetide wrote:

    As an aside, if you'd like to see more of these just let me know. If there's a player you'd like to read more on, just post it and I'll see what I can do.

    LT

    Hey Lowetide, I'm a Calgary fan and wanted to say that your work is excellent. Since season's end I have been frequenting the oiler site more often than the Flames site as you have similar content but way MORE of it.

    I have read a lot of concerns over Calgary picking right after Edmonton. Here is my hope. I hope that Calgary and Edmonton get the two best picks of the whole draft as decided ten years from now, so that when both teams are relevant again we can troll each other by arguing over which of us two winners really won the draft.

    Here is my best of luck to you all, and thanks for all the fantastic content keeping me excited for the coming draft.

    And here is to hoping that neither of our management groups screw this up.

    Avatar
    #44 ONTARIO OILERS FAN
    April 25 2014, 06:45AM
    Trash it!
    10
    trashes
    Cheers
    2
    cheers

    MacT would be insane to draft. Trade the pick for immediate help on D.

    Avatar
    #45 Edsez
    April 25 2014, 07:12AM
    Trash it!
    0
    trashes
    Cheers
    10
    cheers

    @Hat

    ditto

    edit:well, except for that whole Calgary fan thing

    Alberta used to be Death Valley for road teams way back when .... I'd like to have the Battle of Alberta mean something in the standings again.

    Avatar
    #46 madjam
    April 25 2014, 07:52AM
    Trash it!
    4
    trashes
    Cheers
    3
    cheers

    Oilers appear to be ready to address a top two defenceman by dealing their first pick , whether we agree or not . Thus , I figure we are looking at dealing with Anaheim as they have two first round picks (10th and 28th ) . If we can get the 10th pick out of them (swapping first round picks) , there is a chance to pick up a very good pick still , with someone like Virtanen if we are lucky should he slide that far. This season our defence was made to play above their heads and often it showed . We need a defensive anchor so they can get down to playing our defence in roles they can be successful at . Petry and J.Schultz played above their heads and one has to wonder if Schultz and Petry will show much better with a reduced role -I believe they will ? Our focus might be better looking at what we might get in first round with a swap of picks . Seeing as we have no second rounder , it would make sense to acquire one in same trade if possible . Perron , Yak or Gagner could be in play ? I'd say a 70%chance we deal the pick .

    Avatar
    #47 Zarny
    April 25 2014, 11:40AM
    Trash it!
    1
    trashes
    Cheers
    4
    cheers

    William Nylander - 5'11" 169 lbs according to TSN.

    Yeah that's just what the Oilers need. A "skilled" F that makes Nuge and Eberle look big lol.

    Avatar
    #48 Joe
    April 26 2014, 08:04PM
    Trash it!
    0
    trashes
    Cheers
    0
    cheers

    @Joe

    LT,

    Robby Fabbri

    Avatar
    #49 Jerod
    April 27 2014, 09:17AM
    Trash it!
    0
    trashes
    Cheers
    0
    cheers

    Latest from Kyle Woodlief

    NO. PLAYER POS HT, WT SHOOT DATE OF BIRTH TEAM 1 Sam Bennett C 6-0, 178 Left June 20, 1996 Kingston

    2 Sam Reinhart C 6-1, 182 Right Nov. 6, 1995 Kootenay

    3 Aaron Ekblad D 6-4, 217 Right Feb. 7, 1996 Barrie

    4 Leon Draisaitl C 6-1, 209 Left Oct. 27, 1995 Prince Albert

    5 Michael Dal Colle LW 6-2, 171 Left June 20, 1996 Oshawa

    6 Nikolaj Ehlers LW 5-11, 176 Left Feb. 13, 1996 Halifax

    7 Jake Virtanen LW 6-1, 208 Right Aug. 17, 1996 Calgary

    8 Nick Ritchie LW 6-3, 232 Left Dec. 5, 1995 Peterborough

    9 Robby Fabbri C 5-10, 165 Right Jan. 22, 1996 Guelph

    10 Haydn Fleury D 6-3, 204 Left July 8, 1996 Red Deer

    Comments are closed for this article.