Leafs prospect Nylander named to AHL All-Star Classic roster

Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie William Nylander. (Chris Young/CP)

SPRINGFIELD, United States — Travis Morin of the Texas Stars and William Nylander of the Toronto Marlies headline the list of players tabbed to play in the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic.

Morin has a one-point lead on Nylander in the American Hockey League scoring race.

Nylander suffered a suspected concussion in the opener of the world junior hockey championship on Dec. 26 and missed the rest of Sweden’s games at the tournament. His return date is uncertain.

The AHL all-star skills competition is set for Jan. 31 in Syracuse, N.Y., and the all-star challenge will go Feb. 1. Each of the AHL’s four divisions will be represented by 13 players: seven forwards, four defencemen and two goaltenders.

Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all 30 teams will have at least one representative. Instead of a traditional game, the all-stars will be divided into four teams and play a round-robin tournament.

Joining Nylander on the North Division roster were Marlies teammates Josh Leivo and T.J. Brennan along with Mark Barberio and Michael McCarron of the St. John’s IceCaps. Manitoba Moose goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was named to the Central Division roster.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins associate coach Jay Leach, Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe, Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason and Ontario Reign head coach Mike Stothers will serve as coaches.

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