The Edmonton Oilers signed a big part of their future today. Martin Marincin, the 6.04, 187 pound WHL defender from Kosice was a standout in the WHL for the PG Cougars.
Marincin (67gp, 14-42-56 -12 65pims) finished 8th among WHL defenders and led rookie blue for the league. In fact, Marincin finished 4th overall in the WHL among rookie skaters, a terrific season that has him at the front of the Oilers prospect list.
Marincin’s splits are a concern, as the entire Cougar team struggled badly in the season’s second half.
First half: 33gp, 10-25-35 +6
Second half: 34gp, 4-17-21 -18
Marincin went 4gp, 1-4-5 -4 in the Cougars short playoff run.
For reference, here’s what Redline said on draft day:
Redline Report: “Tall Lanky D with a huge frame to fill out. Good skating ability for his size; Pivots well and shows good agility, though he lacks balance and acceleration. Skates with head up and looking for plays – smooth puck handler with good passing touch. Reads play quickly and makes good decisions. Doesn’t force things that aren’t there. However, once he makes his outlet pass, his arms sag to his side and he’s not interested in trying anything else offensively. Lacks an aggressive mindset and rarely ventures off the blue line at offensive end. Inconsistent defensively – positioning in own zone needs improvement. Tough to beat 1-on-1 off the rush because of his mobility and long reach, but can be beaten in tight by quick, shifty forwards. Counts mostly on the pokecheck and skating ability rather than using his big body, but is improving in the physical aspect and does a good job pinning men against the wall.”