Nylander will play his third IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship after 2017 (gold) and 2019. In 18 games he had impressive numbers with 12 goals and 20 assists. His 1.78 points per game are the highest number of any player in World Championship play since Canada’s Eric Lindros participation in 1993 (17 points in 8 games, 2.13 PPG).
The 26-year-old winger completed his seventh NHL season with the Toronto Maple Leafs with his best numbers so far. He was third in goals and points with 34 goals and 46 assists in 81 games and also had a point-per-game pace in the playoffs with 3 goals and 4 assists in 7 games.
Nylander is expected to arrive in Tampere on Saturday. Once Nylander will be formally registered, the Swedish roster will be full with three goalkeepers, eight defenders and 13 forwards. Linus Karlsson, who has not been registered to the official tournament roster, will thus leave the team.