Maple Leafs tame Wild, win 4th straight game

Maple Leafs tame Wild, win 4th straight game

Maybe Nylander's first game will come two nights after that, when the Leafs play host to the Detroit Red Wings. That's what we think.

The Leafs had until 5 p.m. on Saturday to sign the 22-year-old Nylander, and they got it done with just minutes to spare; now, the biggest questions are when he will be back in the lineup and with whom he will play. "I can imagine what he's going through".

With that being said, the Toronto Maple Leafs have left themselves the flexibility to keep Nylander if he plays very well.

Nylander put up 61 points in each of the last two seasons with Toronto, and will likely slot right back alongside Auston Matthews on the team's top line.

Nylander was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Though Matthews has three goals and an assist in the past two games, there's some room for improvement.

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Nylander's offensive production in his first three seasons was almost identical to Draisaitl's but the two players have different roles on their respective teams and one could argue Draisaitl is a more versatile player so Leafs weren't willing to pay that amount for Nylander.

Nylander has been a consistent scorer at every level. In the end, one of the most talented young forwards in the National Hockey League returns to a team that is 19-8-0 this season and has designs on winning its first Stanley Cup since 1967.

With a sense of uncertainty about Nylander's future, one thing remains certain: The Toronto Maple Leafs are stronger today than they were yesterday and that is something that all Leafs fans can be happy about. If the Leafs are ahead by goal late in a game, you can set your watch by Hyman's presence on the ice.

Kapanen has grabbed hold of his opportunity playing further up the lineup with 10 goals and eight assists, while fellow winger Andreas Johnsson has also benefited from Nylander's absence. "We're really four-lines risky". On July 1, 2019 Nylander will receive an $8.3M signing bonus. "I wish that we were able to get this done before training camp and he was able to be a part of this". He wants to be back here and we want him back here.

"Everyone wants him here", Marner said.

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