The 2016 World Junior Championships got off to a rough start for Sweden and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Winger William Nylander left the first game on Saturday after a hit to the head.
The hit occurred midway through the first period. Nylander retrieved the puck at center ice and curled around to lead the attack back into Switzerland's zone. Then Swiss forward Chris Egli leveled him with a high hit to his blind side.
Nylander made it back to his bench but looked pretty woozy before trainers led him back to the locker room. He did not return for the rest of the period. Egli was given a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct for checking to the head. Sweden ended the period up 3-1 despite losing their best player.
This could be a setback to a great year for the Leafs' 2014 first-round pick. Nylander leads the entire American Hockey League with 34 points in 27 games while skating with the Toronto Marlies.