Mitch Marner was on the tip of every Leafs and NHL fan around the continent throughout the summer. Leading the media circus for all of the Restricted Free Agents that needed new contracts, the Leafs winger seemed to be the only topic to talk about.
A majority of the conversation was about off-ice issues and how his new contract is going to look when it comes to the Leafs’ future cap structure. But now that the season is officially four games old for Toronto, the hometown boy hasn’t exactly shocked the hockey world so far.
It’s extremely early, but just by watching the games, Marner has been less noticeable than other forwards that are slotted into more depth roles.
By just looking around at some tweets and general takes, it appears that most have been slightly disappointed by what the winger has done so far in this young season. With his contract hovering over his head like an old EA NHL nameplate, every little thing that Marner has done in these four games has been treated with the context of his salary.
Understandably, it’s hard to separate the player and the contract, but as the Leafs fan …
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation