We’re just a few games into Martin Marincin’s career in the NHL, but these games are some of the most encouraging in years for Oiler fans. If Marincin can do this at 21, can Nurse do this at 20? Can Klefbom do it soon, too? What about Ekblad? Could he do it at 19? The mind reels with the thought of a young and effective blue.
EXTRA SKATER MARTIN MARINCIN
Here’s the player card from extra skater. The offense isn’t there yet, we’re not going to worry about it because we know at least some boxcars will flow (Marincin is a mobile defender who has had to learn to cut back on walkabout during his pro career). His Corsi for % at 5×5 is a sparkling 51.4%, which on this Oilers team is impossible, but here we are. His CorsiRel reflects the uniqueness of his season so far, and with 30 games to go the young man will be just shy of 50GP if he plays the rest of the schedule.
This is BTN (they haven’t downloaded the last couple of games) and shows Marincin/Petry are facing the toughest opposition (Ference-J Schultz aren’t far behind them). I’m never certain about the qual comp—it’s a wildly difficult thing to measure—but by eye I think Marincin has been facing the tougher opponents for most of his 15 game career.
The WOWY tells some of the tale of Martin Marincin.
- Marincin with Petry: 54.0% in 135 minutes
- Marincin without Petry: 44.4% in 70 minutes
- Petry without Marincin: 46.5% in 701 minutes
I think the revelation of Marincin is clearer here and instructive for next season: It’s okay to keep Marincin with Petry, and it’s fine to feel good about Marincin’s progress. However, let’s be real. Actual NHL players—and Jeff Petry is one—are the difference, and if Petry were playing with a veteran his Corsi for 5×5% would be higher. Celebrate Marincin, rejoice in Petry.
WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER KIDS
I’ve been watching young defensemen since Jim Dorey, Jim McKenny and Mike Pelyk. They:
- rarely progress without regress
- often struggle in their progression from prospect to player
- shouldn’t be counted on to push anything before 200+ NHL games
- rarely surprise in a good way for an entire season
So, when we talk about Marincin, Klefbom, Nurse, yadda yadda yadda, and use Marincin as the template, let’s look at the entire photo. And for the love of all that is holy, can we please just one time not run the actual NHL defenseman out of town?