Nylander in Hospital Following Head Hit – Watch

Nylander in Hospital Following Head Hit - Watch

Leafs prospect William Nylander takes dangerous open-ice hit.

The Toronto Maple Leafs gave 2014 first round draft selection William Nylander permission to play for Team Sweden at the 2016 World Junior Championships, but his time there could end after just one game.

The 19 year old forward, who had recorded 34 points through just 27 AHL games with the Toronto Marlies through December, was playing in Sweden’s first game of the tournament when he went down with a head injury. He had recorded a goal on his first shot of the tournament in the first period, but missed the remainder of the game following the hit.

The hit, which was delivered on open ice by Swiss forward Chris Egli, earned a match penalty for Switzerland.

Updates have been sporadic but largely vague in regards to the top-ranked Toronto prospect. Mark Masters, reporter for TSN, reported following the conclusion of the game (which Sweden took by an 8-3 margin of victory) that he hadn’t gotten an update on Nylander yet.

Reports from Sweden, though, suggest that the forward has been hospitalized for the hit to follow concussion protocol.

Should Nylander be given the full week of concussion observation that protocol generally allows, the forward will miss the remainder of the preliminary round. More updates should come soon regarding the health of the skater.

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