The Edmonton Oilers traded Ryan Martindale today, offloading a 2010 entry draft selection who was unlikely to return beyond his entry level deal (which expires at the end of this season).
The Hockey News has him as a RW, he’s 29 and 6.01, 200. His best pro season was 2010-11 with Hershey (AHL) where he posted 68, 17-25-42 boxcars. He’s clearly tough enough to survive in pro hockey (21, 6-1-7 with 67pims this season with San Antonio) and has played 13 NHL games (all with Vancouver, 12 in regular season). The Oilers may have acquired him for depth when Tyler Pitlick is recalled, or the pro scouts may see him as being an NHL option.
Looking at his numbers, his age and his resume, I’d say there’s an outside chance he sees the NHL as an Oiler in the next few months. Pinizzotto is a free agent after the season, and gives the team added depth in the truculence department.
THE 2010 ENTRY DRAFT
We’re three years and a half into the process and I still don’t have much idea about Ryan Martindale. I think we have to define “success” when it comes to prospects and make sure that our definition (All-Stars, every damn one!) doesn’t get in the way of the human story (Ryan Martindale is a very young man trying to succeed in a supremely difficult industry).
I always felt there might be something there, in fact I ranked him #27 last month when ranking the top prospects:
- #27 C Ryan Martindale, Oklahoma City Barons (13, 1-4-5 -7). I refuse to believe he’s lost all that junior talent. Martindale has size and skill, and that’s what this organization needs in spades. I’m hopeful they give him a full shot, and if he ends up not getting a contract then at least you knew for sure.
Of course, that’s a fan’s view, the GM had already made his decision based on the scouting reports and input from the scouts/AHL coaching staff. Martindale wasn’t going to stay with the organization in 2013-14, so moving him along for another AHL player is the right call. With Martindale expelled from the Oiler organization, the remaining members of the 2010 Oilers draft (Hall, Pitlick, Marincin, Hamilton, Bunz, Davidson, Jones) now count seven where there was 11. Two reached high level pro (Martindale, Kristians Pelss) one retired before turning pro (Drew Czerwonka) and one (Jeremie Blain) was not signed and is in the ECHL.
The 2010 draft has three men who have played in the NHL (Hall, 214 games; Pitlick 3 games; Marincin 12 games) and could add one more if Curtis Hamilton can ever stay healthy. (photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)