Leafs sign Marner to entry-level contract

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Mitch Marner to a three-year entry-level contract.

Marner was drafted fourth overall by the Leafs in June. He isn’t a big guy, but he’s got a ton of talent, as evidenced by the 126 points he racked up last year with the London Knights.

Most believe Marner will be returned to junior next season, as the rebuilding Leafs have no real incentive to force an undersized 18-year-old into the lineup.

“They just said they’re not going to rush anything,” Marner said, per the National Post. “They’re going to let everything fall into place.”

Related: Leafs select Mitch Marner, who’s modeled his game after Patrick Kane