William Nylander breaks silence, opens up about his ailment

Will the Swedish forward be able to return soon?

Michael W.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been without the services of offensive forward William Nylander for the first three games of their Round 1 series against the rival Boston Bruins, but there hasn't been much information released regarding exactly what his ailment is. 

However, it was recently revealed that he's been unable to play due to suffering from migraines. In fact, according to Elliotte Friedman, the Leafs had him undergo testing to make sure that his ailment wasn't a concussion: 

"According to multiple sources, William Nylander's absence from the Toronto lineup has to do with a migraine so severe that team doctors tested to see if he suffered a concussion. One of the reasons for the secrecy around his situation is that an actual diagnosis has been hard to come by, whether it is a migraine, a concussion or something else that could affect that area.

That secrecy led to wild speculation — even by Toronto standards — as to why Nylander missed the first three games of the Boston series. It's believed Nylander first indicated an issue Thursday, the day after the Maple Leafs ended their regular season in Tampa Bay. He played all 82 games in 2023-24."

Nylander skated at practice today, and later spoke with media members regarding his status and indicated that he was close to a potential return to the lineup, but also chose to say the specifics behind his absence were private. 

"Look, that's just personal, so I'm not going to get into that. But anything else you guys want to discuss?" he said.

"I've been feeling really great, the games are crazy to watch from home," he continued. "I've never been so nervous in my life. But the guys are doing a great job and tomorrow's a big game" 

But when asked what his biggest challenge that he faces in a potential return, Nylander responded that there wasn't one.

"Nothing," he said. "I've been skating...I'm okay, I'm fine." 

The Leafs and Bruins will reconvene for tomorrow's critical Game 4 at Scotiabank Arena tomorrow night. 

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