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William Nylander has been one of the better players at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Nylander leads Sweden with 14 points in nine games and is tied for second in overall scoring. He also has scored a tournament-leading seven goals. Nylander is coming off a very successful NHL season with the Maple Leafs in which he registered 61 points in 81 games. His Toronto teammate, Mitch Marner, is also excelling at the world tournament for Canada with 11 points in nine games. The Leafs' future looks awfully bright.
Source: IIHF.com
May 21 - 11:12 AM

Team Sweden defeated Finland 4-1 on Saturday in the Semi-Finals of the World Hockey Championship.

Sweden got goals form William, Alexander Edler, John Klingberg and Joakim Nordstrom, and were in the driver's seat for most of the game. Speaking after the match, Michael Nylander said his son William is a "much better" hockey player than he was. It's notable considering Michael picked up 79 and 83 points centering Jaromir Jagr with the New York Rangers. William, who leads the tournament with seven goals in nine contests, will face off against Toronto Maple Leafs teammate Mitch Marner tomorrow for the gold medal.
May 20 - 3:34 PM

Matt Hunwick is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer.

Hunwick had one goal and 19 points in 72 games during the 2016-17 campaign. He averaged just under 18 minutes of ice per match and played well on Toronto's penalty kill unit. Hunwick was also credited with 91 hits and 90 blocks. If he doesn't re-sign with the Leafs then it could open up a spot for newcomers like Calle Rosen and Andreas Borgman or someone on the Marlies.
May 17 - 11:17 AM

Mitch Marner posted two goals and one assist in Canada's 5-2 win against Finland in preliminary round action at the World Hockey Championship on Tuesday.

He also took a high-stick to the mouth in the game, which broke his tooth. Marner has picked up four goals and 10 points in seven matches at the tournament. Canada captured first in Group B and will play co-host Germany in the quarterfinals.
May 16 - 7:03 PM

Toronto has inked Andreas Borgman to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Borgman was the SHL's rookie of the year after he posted five goals, 15 points and a plus-23 rating in 45 games for HV71. He also had 10 points in 14 playoff games en route to the league championship.
May 16 - 4:11 PM

Calle Rosen has signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 23-year-old defender was attracting plenty of NHL interest. Rosen had 19 points in 41 matches with the SHL's Växjö Lakers HC in 2016-17.
May 16 - 4:07 PM

According to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League, Andreas Borgman is leaving the club for an NHL contract.

It isn't clear yet where Borgman is heading. Borgman was named the league's rookie of the year after he recorded five goals, 15 points and a plus-23 rating in 45 games. The 21-year-old bluelinder added two goals and eight assists in 14 playoff games to help HV71 claim the SHL's championship title.
Source: TSN.ca
May 16 - 1:01 PM

Frederik Gauthier is expected to need six months to recover from a leg injury sustained on Saturday.

Gauthier has been playing for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL playoffs. Based on that timetable, he'll miss training camp and the start of the 2017-18 campaign. It's an unfortunate setback for the 22-year-old forward because he may have been able to earn a roster spot with the Leafs out of training camp. He had two goals, three points, and 23 penalty minutes in 21 NHL games this season.
May 8 - 2:01 PM

William Nylander scored two goals and registered an assist in Sweden's 7-2 win over Germany at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Nylander is coming off a very successful rookie season in which he registered 61 points in 81 games for the Maple Leafs. In Sweden's win Sunday, Gabriel Landeskog also registered three points, while Anton Stralman recorded two assists.
May 7 - 9:47 AM

Carl Grundstrom is expected to get some playing time during the AHL playoffs.

Grundstrom just joined the Marlies from the Swedish league playoffs after he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I think we will (play him)," said Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe. "We want to make sure he's comfortable and in a good spot. He was off the ice for a period of time, a week or so, and flies out here — all new systems, new teammates, new environment. We want to make sure he's ready." Keefe likes Grunstrom's well-rounded game and his competitiveness.
May 5 - 9:54 AM

Nikita Zaitsev reportedly received a two-year, $11 million offer from the KHL's CSKA Moscow before he re-signed with Toronto.

Zaitsev made the transition from the KHL to NHL in 2016-17 and went on to record four goals and 36 points in 82 contests as a rookie with the Maple Leafs. He signed a seven-year, $31.5 million extension with Toronto so he won't be playing in the KHL anytime soon, but this report just goes to illustrate the kind of leverage he might have had during the negotiating process.
May 4 - 4:17 PM

Ben Smith has inked a one-year contract worth $650,000 with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Smith skated in 36 games with the Leafs this season and he chipped in four points. He is expected to be exposed in the expansion draft by Toronto.
May 2 - 1:06 PM

Nikita Zaitsev has signed a seven-year extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The deal will have an annual average value of $4.5 million and will run through the 2023-24 season. Zaitsev averaged 22:01 of ice time per game during his rookie year and he collected 36 points in 82 games.
May 2 - 1:02 PM

Kasperi Kapanen left last Friday's AHL playoff game against the Albany Devils after he took an elbow to the head, but he was back on the ice Monday for practice.

"I feel good. I feel like myself," said Kapanen. "I had a good skate, a good workout. I'm ready to go." He added that he exited the match as a precaution. Kapanen and the Marlies will start of Round 2 of the Calder Cup Playoffs on Friday against Syracuse.
May 2 - 10:33 AM

William Nylander will represent Sweden at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

Nylander notched 22 goals and 61 points in 81 games during his first full season in the NHL in 2016-17. He has played for Sweden before internationally, but this will be his first trip to the World Championship tournament.
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