The Maple Leafs have already created a new look for their roster heading into the 2019-20 regular season, but one of their players will be visually looking different as well.
Hitting the ice with a new number this season.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 15, 2019
William Nylander will be going back to his youth in Sweden and sporting his original professional number, 88.
During his time with MODO before heading over to play in North America, Nylander wore his now-current number. When he came to play for the Marlies, Nylander wore number 62 and kept that number to make his NHL debut in the 2015-16 season.
When he made the team out of camp in 2016, Nylander changed his number to 29, the reverse of his dad Michael Nylander’s number that he wore most of his NHL career, 92.
The change to 29 was given that reason, or it could be also Lou Lamoriello’s obsession with low numbers, but that’s not proven anywhere.
Because of this change three years into his full-time NHL career, Nylander will be paying for fans to get their current jerseys of his recrested at Real Sports.
This new-look forward is looking to bounce back from a disappointing season overall. Starting with a depressing and tiring contract negotiation, to not looking like the same player in years prior — finishing his 54-game season with just seven goals and 27 points. But with his underlying numbers looking elite and a full summer to train and get ready for September, Nylander is bound to comeback with an impressive season that will make everyone shut their mouths about the remainder of his contract.