William Nylander, Maple Leafs
The young Toronto Maple Leafs center is on the rise in the NHL after being a top-10 draft pick in 2014. The son of former NHL player Michael Nylander and brother of 2016 Buffalo Sabres draft pick Alexander has bulked up from his draft combine weight of 170 pounds, adding 20 pounds of muscle to his 5’11” frame. Nylander told Men’s Fitness he used single-leg workouts, core strength work, deadlifts, squats, and even squash to get in shape for the season. And then there’s his shot: Teammates have raved over Nylander’s skills with his stick—he has deceptive moves that make it very tough on goalies to pick up the puck off his stick. Nylander might be young, but he’s ready to play with the big boys.
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