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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