National Hockey League roundup

Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:46pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Toronto Maple Leafs signed first-round draft pick forward William Nylander to a three-year entry level contract, the team announced Monday.

Nylander was selected eighth overall at June's NHL draft.

"Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice," general manager David Nonis said in a statement. "We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract."

Nylander, 18, registered one goal, six assists, seven points and six penalty minutes in 22 games with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14. He also played 18 games for Rogle and 17 games for Sodertalje in Sweden's second division, posting eight points (four goals, four assists) and 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) for each club, respectively.

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Sonny Milano, the Columbus Blue Jackets' first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has opted to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

Milano is backing out of a commitment to Boston College.

Milano also is expected to sign his entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets.

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Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; William Nylander poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the number eight overall pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports