Mitch Marner, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ second-leading scorer and third-highest paid player, is still looking for his first point of the season at 5-on-5.
So, he’s asked, how soon do you start worrying about your line when it doesn’t seem to be clicking?
"Never," Marner replied, in advance of Tuesday’s visit by the Minnesota Wild.
This is yet one more reminder about the difference between a high-level athlete and the rest of the population. Where a fan or media member might sound the alarm at Marner’s 1.35 points per 60 even-strength minutes to start the season — down sharply from his impressive rate of 3.23 a year ago — the man himself sails on as though passing through clear skies.