NHL vet, top prospect son skate together in Sweden

Thursday February 14th, 2013


By Allan Muir

You probably remember the name Michael Nylander. The Swedish-born center worked some slick mitts for seven teams over 16 NHL seasons. After last skating for Washington in 2008-09, the 40-year-old spent time in Finland, Switzerland and Italy before returning home last month to play for Sodertalje of Sweden's second-tier Allsvenskan.

Which brings us to the name you'll want to remember: William Nylander.

William is young. Really young. Take away the One Direction head of hair and the kid is practically a fetus.

But the 16-year-old, regarded as a likely first rounder in 2014, inherited his father's hockey sense, quick feet and soft hands. And he plays for the Sodertalje organization as well

And, shades of the Howe family, father and son were able to play together for the first time Tuesday night.

The two skated on Sodertalje's second line, and William managed to set up the team's second goal after skating a full circle around Leksand's offensive zone. Best of all, he blew off his dad, who was all alone in front of the net, to leave it at the point for the goal scorer, defenseman Johan Jonsson.

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