In the tortoise versus tortoise versus tortoise race that is Pitlick v Hamilton v Martinale, former Ottawa 67′s center Ryan Martindale is the best offensive prospect in the group. He’s also the healthiest and may be the least consistent. Wow. (Martindale photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)
RE 13-14: 70, 13-17-30
Martindale’s Ranking over the Years
- Summer 2010: #14: Stu MacGregor: “He was their top line centerman, he played with Toffoli. He was a very solid, big guy. He has to improve his game in some areas, but he has size and skill. His overall commitment needs to be there every night. He’s a big kid that has a lot of talent.”
- Winter 2010: #13
- Summer 2011: #20
- Winter 2011: #20
- Summer 2012: NR
- Winter 2012: #28
- Summer 2013: #29 Martindale is still looking for regular work as a pro. Battled injury but also lost playing time this year due to period of ineffective play. His boxcars (41, 6-8-14) and NHLE (82, 5-7-12) aren’t close to good enough and despite size (6.03, 207) no one ever talks about his physical play.
Martindale always impresses me in the fall. He’s usually solid to very good early and then fades as the pre-season games see more established NHL players. I think the Stu MacGregor scouting report above is a strong tell, and this season that commitment has to be there (or we won’t be talking about Martindale anymore).
- What’s the connection between Martindale and the sprinter? There isn’t one. Readers who click on this post should be rewarded, though.
- What about your female readers? Female readers of this blog are the real hockey fans.
- Why do you bother writing about this guy? Well, unless I’m mistaken, Martindale is a strong candidate for big minutes on a skill line in OKC this fall.
- Why on earth would Todd Nelson play Martindaleo on a skill line every night? Mainly because Craig MacTavish took all the proven skill guys out behind the barn and finished them with a luger.
- Your RE numbers don’t look like he’s going to play on a skill line. Well, Martindale is a skill C, so he’ll be in competition with Mark Arcobello and Andrew Miller for playing time. I do think he’ll play some on the wing too.
- Is there anything about his game that’s interesting? He scored 2 pp goals last season, that’s interesting. I do think he’ll score some goals if he gets a push.
- What’s your best guess for the top 2lines in the AHL this winter? C-L-R: Arcobello-Ryan Hamilton-Derek Nesbitt; Andrew Miller-Martindale-Matthew Ford; CJ Stretch-Eager-Tyler Pitlick; Travis Ewanyk-Kale Kessy-Curtis Hamilton.
- Jesus Murphy. Yeah. MacT has taken all of Todd Nelson’s toys away.
- How many skill forwards are gone from last season’s team? Well, including out Hall, Ebs, Nuge, Etc, the Oilers have said goodbye to Toni Rajala, Phil Cornet, Teemu Hartikainen, Jonathan Cheechoo, Magnus Paajarvi.
- Would MacT really do that? I think yesterday proves that this blog has a very strong handle on what MacT is doing. However, evidence is evidence and this looks like that scene in Moneyball where the guy from Thelma and Louise trades the phenom first baseman so the guy from Jack Goes Boating will have to play the catcher with the bum arm at first base.
- Could you TRY to be more concise? No.
- And hand in your man card for the Thelma and Louise reference. Whatever. I find beauty everywhere.
- Speaking of beauty, WHY do I find that sprinter so compelling? Just enjoy it, idiot. You think too much.
- Says the guy doing a Ryan Martindale profile in August. Yeah, well.