Four days after his buddy Willie Nylander turned 21, Mitch Marner turned 20 today. (Auston Matthews’ birthday is in September, FWIW. If you wanna read about his year and can’t wait that long, here’s a good recap.)
20 is the worst birthday of your young years, IMO. You can still do everything you could at 19, but nothing new. At least, I think so? Mitch Marner will probably have a wild birthday party of some kind, which will include a morning skate and his first ever world championship game.
Do you care about that? Maybe not. Do you wanna read some #content from the best and brightest at TheLeafsNation.com about him? Sure you do, pal!
Here’s a bunch of our best work on the Leafs’ second youngest player. (He’s the second youngest, and arguably the second best. Auston Matthews is the youngest and the clear best player on the team. Isn’t that incredible?)
When we really hoped that he’d drop to us: (Well, some of us did).
Where we also hoped he’d drop to us:
When the Leafs finally took him:
When he was originally the Leafs’ #1 prospect:
When he scored six goals in two games (in junior but still):
When he was the only forward on Canada who felt like trying in the third period against Finland at the WJC:
When he broke junior hockey last year:
When he got bumped to #2 on the list, only because of, you know, Auston Matthews.
When he made the team:
When he did the thing by himself:
When he did the thing with his buds:
And finally, this idiotic yet brilliant April Fools’ Day joke:
Mitch Marner is a Toronto Maple Leaf. I’m loving it, you’re loving it, but more than both of us combined, he is loving it. And isn’t that just the best part about this whole ordeal?