William Nylander (concussion) to miss remainder of world juniors

The Maple Leafs prospect was hit by Switzerland’s Chris Egli on Dec. 26 and has not played since. Nylander will return to Toronto for further evaluation.

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander will miss the remainder of the world juniors due to a concussion.

Nylander suffered the injury during Sweden’s 8-3 win over Switzerland on Dec. 26.

The 19-year-old was hit in the neutral zone by Switzerland’s Chris Egli in the first period and has been sidelined since.

Egli was suspended three games for the hit.

According to the IIHF, the decision to hold Nylander out for the remainder of the tournament was made by the Swedish medical team on Sunday.

“William isn’t 100 per cent fit for playing a game, so it was an easy decision, but it took us a while to get to that point,” Swedish doctor Per Adolf Bergsten told the Toronto Star.

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The Leafs 2014 first-round pick had one goal in the tournament prior to being injured.

“Of course, he’s disappointed,” said Bergsten. “He was getting better, but he wasn’t close to getting into a game. The Leafs were not involved in the decision but they fully agreed with the decision.”

Nylander is currently second in the American Hockey League with 14 goals and 34 points in 27 games with the Toronto Marlies.

“The decision for William not to play the rest of the tournament was the right decision,” Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello said per TSN’s Mark Masters. “He will return to Toronto and be reevaluated by our team physicians.”