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William Nylander makes early exit from world juniors after hit to the head

The 2016 World Junior Championship may already be without one of its marquee attractions. Sweden’s William Nylander took a blindside hit to the head in the first period against Switzerland on Saturday and left the game.

The 2016 World Junior Championship may already be without one of its marquee attractions. Sweden’s William Nylander took a blindside hit to the head in the first period against Switzerland on Saturday and left the game.

Nylander, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first-round pick in 2014, was skating through the neutral zone when he was blindsided by Chris Egli.

Nylander made it back to the bench but left the game and did not return. Egli was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

After the game Sweden’s team doctor provided an update on Nylander’s condition that was as clear as mud:

Nylander showed earlier why he is considered one of the best players in the tournament – and why there is actual optimism in Toronto for the first time in years – when he opened the scoring less than 90 seconds into the game.

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Nylander was leading the AHL in scoring with 34 points in 27 games when he was loaned to Sweden for the world junior tournament.