William Nylander sends Zach Hyman a message before tonight's game.

William Nylander sends Zach Hyman a message before tonight's game.

There will be no friends on the ice Saturday night when the Zach Hyman faces his former team.

Jonathan Larivee

There may be a friendly reunion between opponents before or after tonight's game between the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs, but there won't be any friends while the players are on the ice on Saturday night.

Oilers forward Zach Hyman will see a lot of familiar and friendly faces when he returns to the city where he made his name, this time doing so in the middle of what is unquestionably his career best season. In fact, Hyman has the chance to reach the incredible 50 goal milestone this evening against the Maple Leafs, although that would take a 2 goal effort on his part. Hyman currently sits at 48 goals, just 2 away from reaching a milestone most young hockey players can only dream of.

William Nylander spoke to the media on Saturday and expressed how happy he was to see his friend achieve such great success as an Oiler.

"It's been incredible seeing him get his hat tricks," said Nylander of Hyman. "It's been lots of fun. He's having great success there in Edmonton."

Nylander also added that he's looking forward to playing against Hyman this evening.

"It'll be fun to play against him tonight too," said Nylander.

Nylander however did send his former teammate a message as well, vowing that Hyman wouldn't get any closer to his milestone against his former team.

"I mean he's 2 from 50 so... not tonight," said Nylander with a laugh.