The Maple Leafs owe a lot to William Nylander

The Maple Leafs owe a lot to William Nylander

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are struggling with consistency and if they want to hold on to a top spot in the standings, they should take a cue from forward William Nylander. 

The latter represents one of the main absentees from the next all-star game, judging by his statistics for the 2022-2023 season. He leads his team with 56 points, tied with Mitchell Marner, and has nine in his most recent four outings. The offspring of ex-hockey player Michael Nylander is also just one point off the 400 career mark.

Also, the Leafs' rivals haven't seen anything from him yet, he says. .

“I try to find my game. Every night, that's what I tried to focus on and there, it's great to succeed,” he told NHL.com on Monday. after a four-point night in a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders.

The good news for Leafs fans is that number 88 quickly created sparks with captain John Tavares after line changes made by head coach Sheldon Keefe, who was rather disappointed with the 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“Willy has been great so far and he has been great this time,” Keefe told reporters.

“That’s how he played during the season. He continues to improve. Obviously, he is an incredible hockey player and when the puck ends up on his stick, he can cause a lot of sparks. He is so unpredictable due to his skill at completing plays as well as his calm and poised disc control. And of course his skating creates space, Tavares said. He continues to be a catalyst for us.”

Second place already?

If the trend continues, Toronto will finish second in the Atlantic Division. Heading into Tuesday's duels, the blue-and-white roster held a seven-point lead over the third-placed Tampa Bay Lightning. On the other hand, he had three games in hand, so the Leafs will not be able to afford any relaxation if they want to start the next playoffs with the advantage of the ice.

The Queen City team will host the New York Rangers on Wednesday.