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Maple Leafs Mitch Marner: Slow Start, Fast Finish, Odd Statistic

The Toronto Maple Leafs Mitch Marner started this season slowly, but he sure has picked up his pace. What statistic is odd about his numbers?

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner has certainly come a long way since the start of the regular season. To think of where he is now compared to how he started the season suggests how miraculous the last while has been for him. He started slowly, but he’s finishing quickly.

Last season, Marner scored 35 goals and added 62 assists (for 97 points) in only 72 games. In comparison, Marner started slowly this season. He only collected five points in his first seven games of the season. For a “regular” NHL player, that’s not bad; however, for Marner, it was nowhere close to the better-than-a-point-a-game pace that he’s been on since his third NHL season.

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Marner Named Third Star for November Today

Earlier today, the NHL announced that Marner had been named the third star for the month of November. And what a month it was. Marner, who’s currently in the midst of an 18-game-point-scoring streak that ties the Maple Leafs’ franchise record, hit the scoresheet in each of the 15 games he played this month.

In total, Marner scored six goals and added 14 assists (for 20 points). In doing so, he helped push his team to a regular season record of 15-5-5 (for 35 points). Interestingly, 25 of those team points came in the month of November, when the team put together a record of 11-1-3. It was the highest single-month point total in Maple Leafs’ history.

Mitch Marner, Maple Leafs 2022-23 Upper Deck Card

As noted, Marner matched a Maple Leafs’ record that had been achieved previously only by two former Toronto players – Darryl Sittler (who scored 17 goals and added 16 assists for 33 points in 1977-78) and Eddie Olczyk (who scored 11 goals and added 17 assists (for 28 points in 1989-90). In comparison, during Marner’s consecutive point-scoring streak, he’s scored seven goals and added 17 assists (for 24 points).

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Marner’s Scoring for the 2022-23 Regular Season

According to the NHL, Marner’s November scoring also included sharing a sixth-place finish with seven power-play assists. He was also 10th in the NHL with 15 takeaways, and he ranked seventh among forwards by blocking 16 shots. [Not many fans think of him as a shot-blocker.]

The 25-year-old Marner was the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. This season, he’s played 25 games. In those games, he’s tied for fifth place in the NHL with 21 assists and he is tied for 11th place with 29 points. He leads his team in total points.

Marner’s Career Scoring

As noted, Marner is only 25 years old. However, this is his seventh season with the Maple Leafs. He jumped right from juniors with the London Knights to the NHL, skipping the AHL completely. During his seven seasons with the Blue and White, in 452 NHL games, he’s scored 146 goals and added 338 assists (for 484 points).

Marner needs four more goals for 150 goals in his career, 12 more assists for 350 assists in his career, and 16 more points for 500 points in his career. Each of those milestones is doable this season.

Interestingly, Marner has exactly the same number of penalty minutes (146) as goals scored. That’s an odd statistic.

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