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'He's looking good in battles': Weight gain has Marner feeling stronger

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SPORTSCENTRE Reporter Follow| Archive   Mitch Marner is up nine pounds from last season.    "It's not much of a jump, but it still is a couple pounds that make you feel a little stronger," said Marner, who weighed in at 181 to start training camp. "Can kind of cut into the ice a little more, take guys on one-on-one a little more, but we'll see when the real season starts.

Now, it's just maintaining that weight and keeping healthy with it and seeing how I feel with it."   The 6-foot winger is already putting the additional strength to good use.    "He's looking good in battles, for sure," observed William Nylander. "I noticed that right away from the start."   "Early indications are that he's come into camp looking good," said coach Sheldon Keefe. "Certainly doesn't look like a guy who's resting on what he accomplished last season.

He's looking to build on it."   Marner established career highs in goals (35) and points (97) last season despite missing 10 games.

He surged down the stretch with 76 points in 46 games after returning from the COVID list on Jan. 15. But that didn't stop Marner from looking for improvements this summer.    "I'm proud of the adjustments I made," he said. "Trying to eat healthier and eat better and get the right food in me and hopefully it pans out to make it a successful season again." It seems as if every season, the talk during Leafs camp usually includes Mitch Marner the weight he put on during the summer.

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