If Sweden is to win their World Junior semi-final matchup against Finland on Monday, they’ll have to do it without star William Nylander.

Nylander, who scored the opening goal of the tournament for Sweden, has missed all but a portion of the first period of the tournament with a suspected concussion.

During the first period of Sweden’s opening game, Nylander took the puck in the neutral zone before Chris Egli came in and delivered a big check to the head. Egil would be ejected from the game while Nylander would have to leave the remainder of the contest as well. Egli was suspended three games for the hit.

Nylander, the top scoring AHLer heading into the tournament with the Toronto Marlies, currently sits second in the league with 14 goals and 20 assists in his first full season with the club. Nylander will finish his eight-game World Junior history with 11 points split over two tournaments, failing to win a medal despite being one of the better forwards last year.

Defenseman Adam Ollas Mattsson will also miss the remainder of the tournament with a lower body injury. Mattsson was injured in Sweden’s quarter-final match against Slovakia on Saturday, a game that Sweden easily took 6-0. The injury is a tough loss heading into the tournament, as Sweden already lost captain Sebastian Aho prior to the tournament.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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