Craig Berube reveals his thoughts on Mitch Marner.
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Craig Berube reveals his thoughts on Mitch Marner.

The new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs was asked about the controversial star forward.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have been put in a difficult position this summer with all kinds of rumors surrounding one of the organization's top players, star forward Mitch Marner.

Marner is coming off of another catastrophic performance in the Stanley Cup playoffs and there have been rumblings that the Maple Leafs will try and ship him out of town as soon as is possible. In spite of those rumblings Marner currently remains a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and that stayed true over the weekend as the National Hockey League's Entry Draft came and went.

Many believed that the draft would have been the best time, and perhaps the only time, for the Leafs to pull off such a monumental trade, so does that mean Marner will be back with the Leafs come next season? Newly appointed Maple Leafs head coach Craig Berube certainly appears to think so.

Berube was recently asked to share his thoughts about the embattled Maple Leafs forward and, not only was Berube complimentary of Marner as a player, he indicated that he was looking forward to coaching him come next season.

"He's a character guy," said Berube of Marner. "He's a great person. Obviously, a great player. I'm looking forward to coaching him."

Berube of course could just be keeping up appearances with this response, but his words do suggest that he expects Marner to be on his roster when he begins coaching the Leafs in earnest come next season.