WATCH: Marner ties career high in points against Islanders

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner continued on his torrid pace late in the first period of Sunday’s game against the New York Islanders.

The 24-year-old winger chipped the rebound of a Mark Giordano shot past Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin to tie the game at 1–1 with 2:29 remaining in the opening frame. Michael Bunting also assisted on Marner’s career-high 34th goal of the season, which coincidentally came without the Leafs’ No. 34 in the lineup.
Marner has been a dominant force for the Maple Leafs since the calendar flipped over to 2022, leading the entire National Hockey League with 73 points (28 goals, 45 assists) in 42 games since New Years’ Day.
Back in 2018–19, Marner set a new career high with 94 points in 82 games; this season, he has 94 points in 67 contests.

Point number 94 (tying career-high) on the year for Mitchy! 🪄 pic.twitter.com/BJll3klpfA
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 18, 2022

Marner’s goal came just over three minutes after Anthony Beauvillier opened the scoring for the Islanders with his 12th goal of the season. The Maple Leafs and Islanders both recorded nine shots in the first period.
With just six games after Sunday’s contest remaining on the Leafs’ 2021–22 regular-season schedule, Marner needs just six more points to join teammate Auston Matthews in the century club. Connor McDavid, Jonathan Huberdeau, Leon Draisaitl, and Johnny Gaudreau have also recorded 100 points this season.
The Maple Leafs have never had multiple 100-point scorers in a single season. Only three players in the history of the club have ever reached that plateau:
Darryl Sittler: 100 in 1975–76, 117 in 1977–78
Doug Gilmour: 127 in 1992–93, 111 in 1993–94
Auston Matthews: 102 (and counting) in 2021–22
Josh Bailey scored early in the second period to give the Islanders …

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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

Mitch Marner’s physicality is a good wake-up call for the Maple Leafs heading into the playoffs

If Mitch Marner can throw hits, the entire Maple Leafs team should be throwing hits.
When the 2021-22 season began, Marner seemed like a different player. He started off the season by talking about taking the season one day at a time — not looking forward — not looking backward.
The 24-year-old has proven this season that he’s one of the best offensive players in the NHL, assisting on 59 goals this season and scoring 31 of his own. Marner is having a season like no other, but I don’t believe he’s focused on just himself.
As the regular season winds down, playoff teams begin to ramp up play, whether that be more physicality or just focusing on perfecting their systems. After Monday’s practice, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe was asked about the physicality of the team heading into the playoffs.
“I think our players are recognizing the time of the year,” said Keefe on after Monday’s practice. “We’ve been trying to play the last 20 or so games here, to this point, as a team that’s prepping for the playoffs and prepping to play in those environments and create those environments ourselves.”
What’s interesting, though, is that Keefe said the Maple Leafs have “been preaching that since training camp.” …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

WATCH: Marner hits 30-goal plateau for first time in NHL, scores 31st just seconds later

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner is officially a 30-goal scorer in the NHL.
The 24-year-old winger scored two goals just 37 seconds apart to give his team the lead early in the second period against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Marner got the party started 30 seconds into the period with one of the prettiest goals the Leafs have scored all year. The star winger danced past Panthers defenceman MacKenzie Weegar in the neutral zone before undressing goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for his 30th goal of the 2021–22 season.
The unassisted goal gave the Maple Leafs a 2–1 advantage and elevated Marner to the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his National Hockey League career. Entering this season, Marner’s previous career-best was 26 goals (achieved in 82 games during the 2018–19 season).

Houdini’s muse: Mitch Marner 🪄 pic.twitter.com/dJmW39u0Fe
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 6, 2022

Marner picked up his 31st goal of the season at the 1:07 mark of the middle frame with the Maple Leafs on their third power play of the game.
After Panthers defenceman Ben Chiarot was called for interference, the Leafs went to work in the offensive zone and capitalized just 16 seconds into their 5-on-4 advantage. Marner took an east-west pass from Auston Matthews at the right circle and quickly snapped a shot past Bobrovsky to give the Leafs a 3–1 lead.
Matthews and John Tavares picked up the helpers on Marner’s second goal of the game.

MAGIC MITCH! pic.twitter.com/oqDjNU9FzS
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 6, 2022

Colin Blackwell scored 57 seconds after Marner’s second goal to put the Leafs up 4–1. Jake Muzzin added another goal …

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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

Mitch Marner’s skill was on display in Maple Leafs win against Kraken

SEATTLE — Mitch Marner had a front-row seat on Saturday when John Tavares made an incredible pass to Auston Matthews on a brilliant power-play goal against the Vancouver Canucks.
On Monday, Marner topped that dish and did it while his club was shorthanded. He got in close to the net and dropped a pass to David Kampf that will be replayed on television and social media for weeks to come.

Mitch Marner destroyed the Seattle Kraken on this goal pic.twitter.com/f8CxkWKXYB
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 15, 2022

“I’ve done that before in Junior, I was hoping he was with me and he was,” said Marner, who also scored a goal and added another assist as part of a three-point night. “I kind of took a quick peek and decided to try and pull the goalie with me and decided to leave it there for Davey to slide in.”
The goal from Kampf put the Toronto Maple Leafs up on the Seattle Kraken 5-1 early in the third period and essentially eliminated any realistic chance for the expansion franchise to mount a realistic comeback attempt. They went on to win the game 6-2.
“It’s special, that’s all you can really say about that play,” Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said of the play. “To know he (Kampf) is there and to still — under that level of pressure — execute a play at that level, it’s special.”
It was a milestone night for Marner, who has clearly found his swagger over the last month. He had his career-high, eight-game goal-scoring streak come to a halt against the Calgary Flames on Thursday. But after a pair of games that saw the Maple Lea …

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Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs have made the most of a limited number of injuries

When it was reported Saturday that Marner, Rielly, Kase, and Woll were all questionable for that night’s game a healthy, errr… rather unhealthy dose of reality set in for the Leafs. Injuries will play a factor in this season. Up until now the Leafs have been very fortunate. Starting the year without Auston Matthews and having him miss training camp was certainly less than ideal, but beyond that injuries have largely been limited to Petr Mrazek and Ilya Mikheyev, two important, but not exactly core pieces for the Leafs. There have been the occasional other absence for a day or two, but generally speaking even having Kase as much as they have has been a surprise and it’s hard to complain.
via nhlinjuryviz.blogspot.com (up to game 22)Sandin’s injury on Sunday night will certainly change some of the perceptions around the injury situation.

Rasmus Sandin is down.
Goes knee-on-knee with Neal Pionk pic.twitter.com/Nh1wVXSb9Y
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) December 6, 2021

With Sandin having to helped off the ice and assisted to the dressing room there is a high probability that we might not see Rasmus for a while. And if missing a steady bottom pairing …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Mitch Marner not in warmups for Leafs vs. Wild

Mitch Marner not in warmups for Leafs vs. Wild

It looks like MItch Marner is out of tonight’s game vs. the Minnesota Wild.

No Marner for TOR. Rielly & Kase taking warmup
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 4, 2021

Marner left practice early on Friday after colliding with Jake Muzzin. Earlier this morning, Sheldon Keefe listed Marner as a game-time decision.
This is how the Leafs lines shape up without Marner in them.

#Leafs line rushes during warmup vs. #MNWild Dec. 4/21
Bunting-Matthews-SimmondsKerfoot-Tavares-NylanderEngvall-Kampf-KaseRitchie-Spezza-Anderson
Rielly-BrodieMuzzin-HollSandin-Dermott
Campbell (starter)Hutchinson
— David Alter (@dalter) December 4, 2021

It seems as though Morgan Rielly and Ondrej Kase will be in tonight. Another note is that Joseph Woll is out, and Michael Hutchinson will backup for Jack Campbell.
Puck drop is at 7 PM ET.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs day after thoughts: What’s wrong with Mitch Marner?

Nothing.
Mitch Marner has one assist through three games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. And for some reason, a lot of people are complaining about it. I don’t understand it.
The 24-year-old hasn’t produced in two of his first three games. So what?
A lot of fans are expecting Marner to be the best player on the ice. Sometimes he is, sometimes he isn’t. But you have to remember who he’s playing with right now. Nick Ritchie is without a point through the first three games, and John Tavares has two assists.
We’ve seen Marner get the chances.

Only a matter of time until marner pops what a chance pic.twitter.com/boCR665bq9
— Ah yes, the Leafs. (@LeafsAllDayy) October 17, 2021

In the clip above, he gets robbed by Anton Forsberg, who’s starting this season with a .935 save percentage. His career save percentage in the NHL is .904. So it’s safe to say he’s off to a fiery start.

Marner is having a game, Tavares couldn’t finish. pic.twitter.com/uO023sC6Yv
— Ah yes, the Leafs. (@LeafsAllDayy) October 17, 2021

In the clip above, Marner gets it over to Tavares, who also can’t beat …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Opinion: Let’s dial back the hostility

On Thursday night, Mitch Marner made the following comments to Sportsnet’s Luke Fox regarding the possibility of the Leafs playing all their games in the United States this season:

Or at least, based on the backlash Marner faced in the comments, that’s what you could have sworn he said. Instead, he actually said this:

The quote came as Marner was doing interviews in the lead up to hosting a stream-a-thon for the Marner Assist Fund in support of families with food insecurities. In summary, Marner said that regardless of where the Leafs play he just wants to be around his family and if it comes to not being able to play in Toronto/Canada this season he just hopes it’s somewhere warm. That’s it. That’s the quote.
“Marner” trended for hours in the immediate aftermath of Fox’s tweet, largely driven by (a) the outlandishly negative response and (b) people coming to his aid. This outrage over something so innocuous speaks to the shocking erosion of the relationship between Leafs fans and Marner, much of it self-inflicted by the Marner camp during a contentious and public contract negotiation in summer 2019. Many fans clearly still feel …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

NHL 20 predicts the rest of Mitch Marner’s career

Mitch Marner has had quite the rough start to the 2020 offseason when it comes to speculation regarding his future. There’s quite a lot of differing opinions circulating around, referring back to his contract negotiations, the subsequent season that followed, and what lies ahead for him in Toronto. In fact, two of my TLN colleagues have written pieces on the subject, which you can check out here and here.
While I could give you my take on Marner’s 2019-20 campaign, I decided to take a different approach. Rather than make some bold predictions that could one day end up on @OldTakesExposed, why not use a video game to give a rough idea of how the remainder of his career will turn out.
Inspired by my good friend Matthew Rodrigopulle, who wrote an excellent piece in a similar style on Nick Robertson, today I am going to simulate Marner’s career in NHL 20!
Before we begin, let me cover some ground rules that I will be following.
I am going to make sure I do not control the Leafs roster at all during this simulation in an effort to keep things fair. Prior to starting, I randomly …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Mitch Marner nominated for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

It might not be the Selke Award he was going for, but Mitch Marner has the potential to take home some hardware this offseason:

A leader on and off the ice.
Congratulations to @Marner93 on being nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy!#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/KngeUkI6oK
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 27, 2020

On the award:
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Description: First awarded in 1987-88, the King Clancy Memorial Trophy is presented annually “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”
Voting: Each NHL team submits a nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The three finalists and ultimate winner are selected by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The selection committee applies the following criteria in determining the finalists and winner of the award:
* Clear and measurable positive impact on the community
* Investment of time and resources
* Commitment to a particular cause or community
* Commitment to the League’s community initiatives
* Creativity of programming
* Use of influence; engagement of others
Marner has been one of the most involved Leafs …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation