The 2023-24 NHL season has been nothing short of spectacular for William Nylander. From the very start, Nylander has played far better than he’s played in seasons past – and he’s had some excellent seasons. This one would seem to be his best season, however.
Nylander seems to be on a remarkable hockey journey. He’s leaving fans wondering how many points he will put up this season by the time it’s done. In this post, I want to take a game-by-game look at how he’s set the franchise record of putting up at least one point each game over the first nine games of the regular season.
Here, I will start with the season’s opener and work through until last night’s loss against the Los Angeles Kings.
Game 1: Nylander Has a Solid Season Opener – October 11, 2023
In the season opener against the Montreal Canadiens, Nylander scored a goal and added an assist. He put Toronto ahead with a power-play goal and set up Auston Matthews’ game-tying score. He started the season on a high note.
Game 2: Nylander Gets Three Points in His High-Scoring Game – October 14, 2023
In game two against the Minnesota Wild, Nylander stole the spotlight with two goals and an assist. His first goal was a highlight-reel move, showcasing his incredible skills. He continued to shine with this impressive performance.
Game 3: Nylander Has a Quieter Night – October 16, 2023
Against the Chicago Blackhawks, Nylander had a quieter night. However, he still notched an assist and contributed to a John Tavares goal. It was a reminder of his consistent offensive prowess.
Game 4: Nylander Gets an Assist on Marner’s Goal
In game four of the season, the Maple Leafs started their longest road trip. They were beaten by the Florida Panthers by a score of 3-1. However, Nylander registered an assist on Mitch Marner’s only goal for the Blue & White.
Game 5: Nylander’s Scoring Streak Continues – October 21, 2023
Nylander continued his point streak with a goal and an assist in an overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He opened the scoring and set up the game-winner in this thrilling come-from-behind contest.
Game 6: Nylander Season-Long Streak Adds a Goal – October 24, 2023
In a game against the Washington Capitals, Nylander scored another goal. This extended his season-long scoring streak, which reached six games. He had registered 10 points in that six-game span, including five goals and five assists. He’s proved his worth to the team.
Game 7: Nylander Extends Point Streak with an Assist – October 26, 2023
Nylander put up an assist against the Dallas Stars, extending his scoring streak to seven games. He’s been displaying his playmaking abilities, racking up five goals and six assists during this stretch.
Game 8: Nylander Scores Game’s First Goal – October 28, 2023
Nylander scored the game’s first goal in the opening period in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators. This goal tied the franchise record for points opening the season. He’d now scored in the first eight games of the season.
Game 9: Nylander Sets Record with Late Assist – November 1, 2023
Nylander set a franchise record for a season-opening point streak, reaching nine games. He achieved this feat with a power-play assist against the Los Angeles Kings. His impressive season was continued, and he’d now accumulated six goals and seven assists.
In the latest game against the Kings, Nylander added a power-play assist and five shots on goal, maintaining his incredible start to the season. This game marked a franchise record and solidified his position as one of the league’s top talents.
The Bottom Line for Nylander’s Season
As Nylander’s contract year unfolds, his exceptional play is great to see. With each game, he proves that he’s not just a valuable player but an elite one. His season has been one for the books, and the journey is far from over.
Fans eagerly anticipate each game, wondering just how high Nylander can set the bar.