Mitch Marner (F) – Canada
Mitch Marner played in the 2016 World Junior Championships at the age of 18. He had been drafted just a few months prior to the tournament by the Toronto Maple Leafs with their 1st round pick (4th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Marner was selected for Team Canada after a sensational season with the OHL’s London Knights where he scored 44 goals and 126 points in only 63 games.
Though Mitch Marner scored an impressive four goals and six points in five games, Canada would suffer a huge disappointment as they were eliminated in the quarter finals by the eventual gold medal winning Finnish team.
Marner didn’t return to the World Juniors for his final year of eligibility as he was already enjoying NHL success as a 19 year-old rookie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had 19 goals and 61 points in 77 games during his rookie season in 2016-17 and earned a spot on the NHL All-Rookie Team.
As we all know, Mitch Marner is now an NHL superstar who finished fourth in last season’s NHL points race.
2016 World Juniors
5 Games, 4 Goals, 6 Points