Maple Leafs place William Nylander in COVID-19 protocol

Toronto Maple Leafs center William Nylander (88) is congratulated by teammates on the bench after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in San Jose, Calif (Tony Avelar/AP).

The Toronto Maple Leafs placed star winger William Nylander into COVID-19 protocol, the team announced on Friday.

Nylander, 25, has 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points in 30 games this season, good for second in scoring on the Leafs.

The Maple Leafs now have a total of 13 players -- including captain John Tavares and goaltender Jack Campbell -- in isolation along with head coach Sheldon Keefe, two assistants and four other members of the organization.

The NHL shut down for its annual Christmas break after Tuesday night's lone remaining game. Four games originally scheduled for Wednesday and 15 for Thursday are among the 45 that have been postponed since Dec. 13 due to pandemic-related concerns.

The league is scheduled to resume play with 14 games on Monday, including Toronto at Columbus, although more postponements are possible with a number of clubs dealing with multiple COVID-19 cases.

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