William Nylander activated by Marlies, should return soon

William Nylander left the game against Switzerland early on Saturday after taking what looked like a brutal hit to the head.

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander has been activated onto the Toronto Marlies roster, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Nylander has been out since Dec. 26 after being on the receiving end of a high hit during Sweden’s opening game of the 2016 World Junior Championships.

He was diagnosed with a concussion and had to pass testing in order to be cleared for physical activity. Leafs management wanted to be sure he was not rushed back into action.

"The process now for William is for us to be very cautious and make sure that he's returning when he's absolutely one hundred per cent, no questions asked,” Dubas told Dean Blundell & Co. on Sportsnet 590. “We'll get him back, our doctors will take over the process and we'll look forward to getting him back into the Marlies lineup, but only when he's one hundred per cent cleared and ready to go by our doctors."

Before heading off to Helsinki for the World Juniors, Nylander had been having an excellent season with the Marlies, with 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 27 games.

The Marlies (31-8-2) had their seven-game win streak snapped Sunday afternoon with a loss to the St. John's IceCaps. They remain atop the AHL standings.