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William Nylander opens up about his time away from the team


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Aaron Itovitch
April 27, 2024  (12:35)
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Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander
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William Nylander's injury was an absolutely brutal break for the Toronto Maple Leafs. As he gets ready to make his post-season debut, he has opened up.

In a public media conference yesterday, he came clean about his nerves while watching his team from home, which could not have been easy while watching the Boston Bruins win games one and three with standout performances from Jeremy Swayman and Brad Marchand.
"I don't like it," Nylander said Friday, speaking publicly for the first time since missing a week's action with severe migraines.

"I mean, the games are crazy to watch from home. I've never been so nervous in my life."

Nylander was the only Leaf to play all 82 regular-season games, and his attendance had been perfect through his first seven NHL post-seasons.

As with anyone employed by the Maple Leafs, Nylander declined to detail his health issues — "Look, that's just personal, so I'm not going to get into that," he said, "but anything else you guys want to discuss" — and he refrained from confirming his participation in Game 4.

Yet all signs point toward Nylander making his series debut, and the Leafs receiving an offensive and emotional jolt, on Saturday.

While we will never be completely sure of what ailed him apart from the fact that it was migraine related, we are excited to see him back tonight, slotting in to the lineup in place of Connor Dewar:
It looks like TJ Brodie will replace Timothy Liljegren on the Leafs defence in Game 4.

Connor Dewar looks like the odd man out up front, assuming William Nylander returns to the lineup.

Nick Robertson keeps his spot from the looks of it.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Sheldon Keefe will equally make a move on defence giving TJ Brodie his series debut.
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