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Marner shrugs off slow start for Toronto’s top line

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TSN Toronto Maple Leafs Reporter


TORONTO – It’s been an alarmingly slow start to the season offensively for Toronto's top line, but Mitch Marner couldn’t appear less stressed about how he, John Tavares and Kasperi Kapanen will turn things around.

“I never [worry],” Marner said with a confident shrug after the Leafs’ optional morning skate on Tuesday, ahead of facing the Minnesota Wild. “It's just, stay patient with it. Stuff is going to come. There’s no worry on our line or on our team.”

Through six games this season, Toronto’s would-be top line has generated a combined seven points at even strength. Tavares has three (one goal, two assists), to rank fifth amongst his Leafs’ teammates in 5-on-5 points, while Marner’s two (goal, assist) and Kapanen’s two (both assists) put them at 12th and 13th respectively.

It’s about as inauspicious a start as that group could have fathomed, especially given the impressive chemistry Marner and Tavares showed playing together last season. Once the Leafs managed to avoid a lengthy contract stalemate with Marner by signing him to a six-year, $65.3 million extension at the start of training camp, it seemed likely the duo........