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Marner vs. Nylander: celebrate, vote, fight

We narrowly chose William Nylander over Mitch Marner in our T25U25 list. Now it’s your turn to choose.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers
Morgan Rielly says: Porque no los dos?
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We voted, and the results were 8 to 4, William Nylander over Mitch Marner for spot number two. No one voted any spot but two or three for these two players.

Fulemin gives you the case for Nylander, and Kevin makes the case for Marner.

I wanted to rank them both 2.5 and have done with it, but I did put Nylander over Marner. If you asked me today, I might flip that around. Tomorrow, who knows?

I think it’s pretty clear that Nylander had better results in his first year in the NHL than Marner, but that’s one set of games, not the whole story. And the difference is very small. They are so alike in so many ways, that deciding between them is tough. Let’s look at some of the details to help us out.

  • Marner is younger by one year; their birth dates are four days apart
  • Nylander has four years of pro hockey; Marner has one
  • They are listed as the same height, and within 10 lbs in weight; LOL
  • Nylander played tougher competition; Marner had defensively challenged linemates
  • Marner stepped into the NHL straight out of four minute junior hockey shifts
  • Nylander is likely going to be a centre someday
  • They are neck and neck for most boring interview on the Leafs
  • Marner had one of the highest on-ice shooting percentages; Nylander had one of the lowest

I’m still going with 2.5 for each. But you get to decide: Who is best? But not just in one category, oh no, you can vote over and over for whoever you like best.

Bad Fashion Choices

Can't believe they showed up with the same jacket @moncler

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Great TIME at the MMVA's #BulovaCA ⌚️

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Which use of an NHL player’s fashion budget was most egregious there? That’s a hard call. In order to get who is best here, I have to ask you who is least bad, so...


Who is least bad at fashion?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Nylander and the garbage bag coat?
    (228 votes)
  • 63%
    Marner and the seventies brown-purple suit?
    (405 votes)
633 votes total Vote Now

Goal Celebrations


Who does it better?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Nylander: Pew pew pew
    (210 votes)
  • 64%
    Marner: Skipping!
    (384 votes)
594 votes total Vote Now

Singing and dancing


Who do you want as the concert headliner?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    Nylander: Boy band all the way.
    (149 votes)
  • 73%
    Marner: Rock and roll, baby.
    (419 votes)
568 votes total Vote Now

The Final Countdown

So? Have you decided? Do you go with future performance, current results, asset value, likely paycheck, what’s your criteria? And who do you pick?


Marner vs Nylander: who is your choice?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Mitchell Marner
    (348 votes)
  • 38%
    William Nylander
    (342 votes)
  • 21%
    Por que no los dos?
    (193 votes)
883 votes total Vote Now