[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Fourth Overall: Toronto Maple Leafs add more skill with Mitch Marner

By Ken McKenna
Photo: Mitch Marner is the newest Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, selected fourth overall at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Photo: Mitch Marner is the newest Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, selected fourth overall at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

One of the more pure offensive talents in the 2015 NHL Draft is London Knights forward Mitch Marner. The slightly-built winger was a scoring dynamo for the Knights in 2014-15, but ultimately lost out on the OHL scoring title on the last day of the season after Dylan Strome‘s offensive outburst in his season finale. With a fluid game based in part on creative distribution of the puck, Marner is one of the most offensively gifted players in the draft class and a solid pick at this spot.

Marner worked his magic on line that featured Max Domi and Christian Dvorak, two players selected by the Arizona Coyotes. The linemates produced 337 points between then during the regular season, with Marner totaling 44 goals and 126 points.

At 5’11” and 164 pounds, Marner will not be mistaken for a power forward. But in today’s NHL, there is a place for the nifty, smaller forward, as evidenced by the strong season turned in by Calgary Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau.

Not unlike McDavid and Eichel, Marner had a personal highlight reel from 2014-15 that was impressive, with a few of those clips being featured in this video.