#9 – Mitch Marner, RW – London, OHL

TSN – #4
Central Scouting – #6 NAS
ISS – #6
Craig Button – #4
McKeens – #3
THN – #5

NHL COMPARABLE: J. Eberle / C. Giroux

UPSIDE: Top-6 Offensive Forward

Mitch Marner has grown on me. It took me some time to warm up to this player, I must admit. He reminds me of a cross between Jordan Eberle and Claude Giroux, so the upside is certainly there. His playmaking is top-notch, he’s got good wheels, is a solid forechecker, makes great reads. However, he’s clearly not the biggest player and while he’s elusive and doesn’t shy away from the physical stuff, that’s likely not going to be his game at the NHL level. He should turn out to be a solid point-producing top-6 forward within 2-3 years. While a solid top 10 pick in this year’s very deep draft, this pick does come with some question marks. I do think Marner does end up getting there though, whether he makes an almost instant impact like Eberle/Giroux or takes a longer road like Daniel Briere did, he should be a top 6 forward in the not too distant future.


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