Martin Marincin was a second-round pick four years ago. As you may recall in our recent look at selections 31-60 over the last number of years, about 28% of the picks in that round deliver 100 or more NHL games. Marincin is already (basically) halfway there, and has a very good chance to pass that number this coming season. When he was drafted by Edmonton, the common themes were a strong U18 tournament, a lanky body type, and some two-way ability.
- Red Line Report (No. 50 ranking) 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.
Projection: Big, shutdown #4-5 dman; Style compares to: Lavislav Smid (with a better shot).
We followed him through junior, and he adapted quickly in the jump from WHL to AHL—that’s a tough adjustment for a lot of players, and Marincin seemed to take to it immediately (although he did suffer some growing pains in year one). His pre-draft size (6.01, 187) suggested he would be at least NHL average once mature, and the team website now lists him at 6.04, 188—three inches taller, but same weight (I never trust these things, but he’s clearly tall and lean).
There’s not much wrong with this young man. He’s mobile, can pass the puck, makes efficient plays and has a massive wingspan. The Oilers want him to be more physical—he’s going to by shy of Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom in this area—and he needs to win more battles for the puck and be more intimidating to opponents.
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.35 (5th among regular D)
- 5×4 points per 60: 2.66 (3rd among regular D)
- Qual Comp: 2nd toughest among regular D
- Qual Team: best available among regular D
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 47.5
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: +7.0
- Zone Start: 45.5% (2nd toughest among regular D)
- Zone Finish: 43.7% (worst among D)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 28 shots
- Boxcars: 44, 0-6-6
Marincin represents the latest example of a player Edmonton discovered (it was a Musil find), drafted and developed. He should be the template for the organization and Marincin’s arrival three-and-a-half years after his draft day is an extremely reasonable timeline for the best and the brightest in the system. There’s plenty of chatter about who might get sent out this fall if Darnell Nurse performs well, but I can’t see Marincin being that guy. The last defenseman to step in and perform this well—Jeff Petry—never did return to Oklahoma territory.
Suspect it’s the same with the tall tree from Kosice.