William Nylander is looking a lot more like the player he was during his first two full NHL seasons and Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock is noticing.
"That was his best, by far," Babcock said after Nylander scored in a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Monday. "I thought it was his most competitive game this year and it's one we'd like to see on a regular basis. He has all the ability."
The 23-year old forward has a four-game point streak (two goals, two assists) to start the season for the Maple Leafs (2-1-1), who play the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNO, SUN, NHL.TV).
"I felt pretty good. It was a good game, I thought I was skating a lot with the puck and having the puck a lot," Nylander said.
It is a much different start for Nylander than last season when he missed the first two months as a restricted free agent before agreeing to a six-year contract shortly before the December 1 deadline to play in the NHL that season.