Former player finally reveals the nature of William Nylander's injury

Mike Armenti
April 23, 2024  (3:04 PM)

William Nylander
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The Maple Leafs have still not given us any information about what William Nylander's actual injury is. Thankfully, a former player has stepped up and shared some information that he was able to dig up on Nylander's injury.

Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Jordan Schmaltz is no longer an active player, but he has kept himself in the loop in the hockey world.
There's no question that after playing parts of 3 NHL seasons and spending a short time with the Leafs' AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, have allowed him to make important connections, so he does have some sources.

What type of injury is William Nylander dealing with?

As we now know, Nylander has missed Games 1 and 2 against the Boston Bruins with a mystery injury. On Monday, Schmaltz actually revealed what the nature of the injury is, according to his sources.
"BREAKING: Okay Folks, here's what I'm hearing per #sources regarding #88 Willy Styles Nylander. It is believed to be an upper body ailment that he's dealing with as a result of a hit taken in game 82. Not going to get into specifics or pretend to guess the full extent of the injury but obviously it kept him out of game #1 and very well could be the same for game #2.

Good news is, his chin was skating at the morning twirl in a regular sweater at The TD Bank Garden. #LeafsForever fans we'll see if he suits up tonight but as TO media reported earlier .. he was taking part of the scratches skate. Which leads me to think he isn't going tonight. Again, let's see how the afternoon progresses for the high flying Swede."

Obviously, Schmaltz didn't get into the specifics of what he has heard, but we now know that the injury is an "upper-body ailment" and that the injury came as a result of a hit that he took against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the final game of the season.
Nylander is an important player for the Leafs. It's good to know that he's been back skating with the team and that he's making strides towards returning. Hopefully, that return occurs in Game 3 tomorrow night, but we'll have to wait and see.
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