Mitch Marner dazzled the Montreal Canadiens with a magical no-look pass to set up his teammate Tyler Bozak for an easy goal.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are on fire. Led by a group of youngsters, all the losing in recent years by the team seems to have been worth it. One of those youngsters is Mitch Marner. While he often gets overlooked thanks to the heroics of Auston Matthews, he won’t be overlooked for long. Why? Because Marner can make dazzling behind the back passes like this one to Tyler Bozak. It set up a power play goal for Bozak.
This goal finishes a perfect puck movement play for the Maple Leafs. James van Riemsdyk does a good job getting the puck down low to Marner. Meanwhile, he does a phenomenal job of knowing where Bozak is going to be and getting it there. While Toronto’s defense might still need a bit of work, they sure have their offense down pat. It looks like they’ll be good for a while thanks to Matthews, Marner, and William Nylander.
Toronto is now led in goals, points, assists by rookies. Matthews leads them with 21 goals and 35 points while Marner now has 20 assists. The Maple Leafs are proof of how quickly you can rebuild a team if you draft well. Nylander was their 2014 first round pick, Marner was their 2015 first round pick, and Matthews was the first overall pick of the 2016 draft.
The Maple Leafs rank seventh in the NHL in goals with 117 entering Saturday’s game. A large part of this is because of their trio of youngsters. Of course, having van Riemsdyk helps a lot. But don’t think it’s a coincidence Toronto’s leaders in goal, assists, and points are all rookies. This is the brightest future the Maple Leafs have had in quite sometime.