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Does William Nylander Deserve A Shot A Center?

Published December 18, 2017 at 3:57 PM
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"The Toronto Maple Leafs were back on the practice Monday morning as they prepare or tomorrow's matinee versus the Carolina Hurricanes.
During the Leafs recent three-game road trip, head coach Mike Babcock had William Nylander playing the wing on Patrick Marleau's line. Now that they have returned home and it doesn't look like Auston Matthews is playing on Tuesday, Nylander was back down the middle centering the third line with Zach Hyman and Connor Brown.
Babcock was asked about his plans for Marleau and Nylander after today's practice.
«It's like any line you put together,» Babcock said, per Maple Leafs Hot Stove. «You're hoping there is some chemistry and that they play well and spend more time in the offensive zone than their own zone. We played Willy in the middle at home before when we control the matchup. We control the matchup here. We're going to try to do the same. Patty's a guy who can play down low and look after him if he needs to as well and go from there. Hyman, Brown and him are a real good line as well, though, so we can always have that option.»
Do you want to see William Nylander get some extended time at center, especially with Auston Matthews out?"



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