The Edmonton Oilers have received some nice performances from young defensemen this season and some of these men (Oscar Klefbom, Justin Schultz) are likely here for the rest of the decade. Others, like Martin Marincin, are auditioning not just for the Oilers but the entire NHL, as the Oilers have only so much room for youngsters. Marincin has reached the 300-minute mark on the season and is 50.6% Corsi 5×5. That’s a good number and it’s hard to argue he’s the No. 7 option on this roster:
OILERS BLUE PLAYER CARD
|PLAYER||BOXCARS||CORSI FOR %||OZ STARTS||5X5 PER 60||EV TOI|
|ANDREW FERENCE||58, 2-9-11||45.5||40.5||0.60||17:37|
|KEITH AULIE||18, 0-0-0||45.6||41.5||0.00||12:26|
|MARK FAYNE||61, 2-5-7||45.9||43.2||0.33||15:27|
|JEFF PETRY||58, 4-11-15||49.1||43.4||0.59||18:13|
|MARTIN MARINCN||20, 0-1-1||50.4||45.5||0.19||16:13|
|NIKITA NIKITIN||34, 3-5-8||48.5||52.0||0.47||15:43|
|OSCAR KLEFBOM||39, 2-9-11||50.2||55.9||0.75||19:25|
|JUSTIN SCHULTZ||60, 4-18-22||50.7||63.5||0.85||18:57|
|JORDAN OESTERLE||1, 0-0-0||70.8||80.0||0.00||16:20|
This is sorted by offensive zone start (from worst to first) and shows Marincin as the only defender with a sub 50% ZS who also delivers a Corsi for 5×5 at greater than 50%. It’s a little misleading—Jeff Petry is the star of this graph—but 20 games in young Marincin is in fact performing well enough to warrant more playing time. I’m bullish on this kid’s future but there are two things to discuss here:
- The Oilers verbal (or lack of) in regard to the player when discussing the future
- The Oilers recent track record in regard to evaluation of the defense
I think Martin Marincin could end up being a bizarre deadline pickup for an NHL team and it’s unlikely the cost would be dear. I don’t have much confidence in this organization’s ability to evaluate defensemen and the Jeff Petry issue is only part of the problem.
- Elliotte Friedman: There is no expectation that the Edmonton Oilers and defenceman Jeff Petry talk about a contract extension. Other teams would be shocked if Petry isn’t one of the moves. Source
The latest from Elliotte runs counter with what we’re hearing and it’s still likely Edmonton deals their best defender. There’s also a rumor that the Oilers are still planning on bringing in Johnny Boychuk for a boatload of cash in the summer (via Brooksie, here) so there are many legs to this story. Could this be the depth chart next season?
MacT could pick up some picks for Petry and Marincin to fuel his rebuild, send Nurse to the AHL and acquire a college free agent or two for the long run. I don’t believe this defensive six is any good at all but there’s not one damn chance Edmonton has Ference or Nikitin or Fayne outside the top six and Schultz is protected and we know it. So, among the kids Olscar Klefbom makes the grade, Darnell Nurse is in the minors with Jeff Petry and Martin Marincin likely down the road.
It’s all coming together!
The young man looked solid solid to me, nice outlet passing and very little panic. Marincin and Oesterle in the lineup and Keith Aulie in the pressbox looked good from here, I wonder if we see those men in Minnesota this week? If Oesterle can play, it reduces the need to get immediate payback on Petry (the Oilers aren’t going to win many games after Petry leaves anyway) perhaps allowing for a higher draft pick.
It also allows Edmonton to audition Marincin for the rest of the season on the off chance MacT changes his mind. I have to say it’s kind of depressing to contemplate this organization sending away Petry and Marincin while retaining Ference and Nikitin. Where on earth is this going to be viewed as moving forward?
Sign Jeff Petry. Today.
*Marincin photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved. Statistical information via Hockeystats.ca, Behind the Net and NHL.com.