Maple Leafs take Swedish forward Willie Nylander with No. 8 pick

Maple Leafs draft pick Willie Nylander (Getty/AFP)

Maple Leafs draft pick Willie Nylander (Getty/AFP)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:40 PM ET

The Maple Leafs went with a player with NHL pedigree in his blood by selecting speedy Swedish forward Willie Nylander with their top pick at the 2014 entry draft.

Selecting eighth overall, general manager Dave Nonis made the announcement at the Wells Fargo Center, as the team selected the son of Michael Nylander, who played 920 games in the NHL.

At 5-foot-11, 181 pounds, Willie Nylander is not a big, bruising winger, but scouts have been impressed with both his skating and hands. He led all scorers at the Under-18 world championship this year.

More to come.


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