Mitch Marner was born in Markham, Ontario but he grew up in Thornhill, Ontario. In the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft he was selected 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He plays the Right wing position, he is 6’0″ and weighs 163 pounds. Marner started his career at the young age of 7 years old when he started playing youth hockey for the Clarington Toros of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (The OMHA). When he played in that league he generally played with and against players a year older than he was at the time. Marner played with that team for a year before moving onto the Whitby Wildcats who is another team also in the OMHA.
He played for two more years with the Wildcats before moving to another team. At age 10 he moved onto the Greater Toronto Hockey League (The GTHL) and played for the Vaughan Kings where he went on to win the GTHL Championship that year.
When it became time for Marner to choose what path he wanted to take with not only his hockey career but his life he had a pretty big decision to make. He received a scholarship offer from the University of Michigan and was also drafted by the London Knights with the 19th overall selection.
Marner was left a bit unsure of what he should do moving forward with his career. In the end, Marner decided to play for the London Knights and turned down the scholarship offer from Michigan. In his rookie season with the Knights, he scored a total of 59 points in 64 games and was the runner-up for the rookie of the year trophy in the OHL. The winner of the award that season was Travis Konecny.
This year with the Toronto Maple Leafs Marner has put up 17 goals and 40 assists for a total of 57 points in 68 games played. he has also picked up 36 penalty minutes and he has a -1 rating. He was also named Januarys NHL Rookie of the month.
Here is a Talent Analysis from Hockeys Future
Marner is a dynamic, small forward who dominated at the major junior level during the London Knights’ Memorial Cup run in 2015-16. An opportunistic scorer and excellent playmaker with the vision and stick and passing skills to create chances, he plays a high octane game. Marner’s lack of bulk is a concern but he compares favorably with other undersized forwards such as Patrick Kane or fellow Leafs’ prospect William Nylander.
Here is the player forecaster scouting report by The Hockey News
|Is a natural point producer with good skating ability and some versatility in his game. Passes the puck with aplomb and can be an excellent asset on the power play. Raises his level of play in big spots.|
|Is undersized for the professional ranks, so he needs to grow bigger and stronger in order to maximize production at the highest level. Also needs to work on his play when he doesn’t have the puck.|
|Mega-talented scorer with good upside.|
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