Martin Marincin has developed nicely since his draft day, and at this point we’re counting down to the beginning of what should be a significant NHL career. There are still some challenges–he needs to add some weight to that tall frame–but he is that most unusual prospect who actually brought his offense to the pro level. That one thing–puck moving offense–will sustain him for a long time, and now we can be sure it’ll be at a high level.
RE 13-14: 3, 0-1-1
- Stu MacGregor, draft day: “We got the pick in a trade for Riley Nash and with that pick we were really hoping to get a defenceman. Our European scout Frank Musil was pushing for him. We’d seen him as a 17-year-old at the World Junior in Saskatoon. He was tall and slender and could skate well and had real good sense with the puck. A lot of the decision involved the knowledge he planned to come to North America to play junior as an 18-year-old.”
A lot of people have been critical of the Oilers drafting record under Stu MacGregor and their style of development forever, but Marincin is an example of a player who appears to have flourished at each level. His development typically involves struggles early and then a period of transition followed by strong play. This past season, he was paired with Justin Schultz early and didn’t struggled until deep fall–but once again he’d pulled himself out of trouble by spring.
Marincin’s long term future with the organization is open to question–he’s the first of a parade of draft picks from 2010-11 who will push for NHL employment:
- Martin Marincin (2010)
- Brandon Davidson (2010)
- Oscar Klefbom (2011)
- David Musil (2011)
- Dillon Simpson (2011)
- Martin Gernat (2011)
Marincin is 2nd on that list in terms of long term potential (imo) but you could easily create the ideal blue for the 20-teens and exclude him (a top 4D of Klefbom-JSchultz, Smid-Petry with Nurse eventually replacing Smid) from the group. His mobility is an asset that makes him attractive, and I wonder how long he’ll be an Oiler.
He may catch a break next spring, as Dillon Simpson is unsigned and one imagines the young man is having second thoughts about signing with the Oilers based on the depth chart–which was further strengthened with the Darnell Nurse selection at the draft.
I’m cheering like hell for him, he’s a terrific prospect. I believe he’ll get his first “cup of coffee” in the NHL this season.
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