Andreas Martinsen

Hometown:

Baerum Norway

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-06-13

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

205 lbs.

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History

2006-07:Andreas Martinsen played at the men’s level in his native Norway as a 16-year-old — skating for Lillehammer in four GET Ligaen relegation playoffs after skating in 26 games for the club’s Division 1 team during the regular season. He played for the Norway U18 team in the 2007 Division 1B World Junior Championship. Martinsen had 1 assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in four GET Ligaen games. He scored 9 goals with 12 assists and was +16 with 8 penalty minutes in Division 1 play. Martinsen had 4 goals with 1 assist in his only regular season game with the Lillehammer U19 team and scored 3 goals with 5 assists in four playoff games.  Skating for Norway at the 1B U18 WJC in Italy he scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +3 with 12 penalty minutes in five games. Norway finished fifth in the six-team tournament.

2007-08: Martinsen was one of four players to skate in all 43 games for Lillehammer in his first full season in the GET Ligaen and played for the Norway U20 and U18 teams in international play. He scored 9 goals with 12 assists and was -1 with 114 penalty minutes for Lillehammer, which finished seventh in the 10-team league and lost in the playoff quarterfinals. Martinsen scored 2 goals and was -4 with 8 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. He had 3 assists and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes at the 2008 D1A U20 tournament as Norway finished third in the six-team tournament in Bad Tolz ,Germany. He had 3 assists and was +6 with 8 penalty minutes in five games for the Norway U18 team as that team finished undefeated at the 2008 D1B WJC in Riga, Latvia.

2008-09: Martinsen spent his second season with Lillehammer in Norway’s GET Ligaen and played for the Norway U20 team in the 2009 D1B World Junior Championship. He scored 8 goals with 15 assists in 43 regular season games and was +5 with 98 penalty minutes, second only to Stian Haygard (182). Lillehammer finished third in the regular season before being upset by Stjmartinernen in a playoff quarterfinal series. Martinsen scored 1 goal with 2 assists and had 26 penalty minutes in six playoff games. He scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was -2 with 31 penalty minutes in five games at the D1B WJC as Norway finished third behind Austria and host Denmark in the six-team tournament.

2009-10: Martinsen began the season in Sweden with the Leksand club — playing in Allsvenskan and the SuperElit U20 league — before returning to Lillehammer to finish the season. He skated for the Norway men’s team in the 2010 World Championship and played for the U20 team that captured a gold medal at the 2010 Division 1B World Championship in Poland. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 8 penalty minutes in 22 Allsvenskan games for Leksand. Martinsen scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +8 with 37 penalty minutes in eight games in SupeElit play. After returning to Norway he scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was +2 with 28 penalty minutes in 14 regular season games and was -4 with no points nor penalties in five playoff games for Lillehammer. He appeared in three games with the Norway men’s team and was -1 with no points nor penalties. Martinsen was the third-leading scorer at the WJC tournament behind teammates Scott Winkler and Jonas Djupvik Lovlie, finishing +8 with 5 goals, 4 assists and 4 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Martinsen was the fourth-leading scorer for Lillehammer behind North Americans Gino Guyer, Justin Bostrom and Evan Cheverie in his fourth pro season and played for Norway in the 2011 World Championship. He scored 17 goals with 27 assists and was +15 with 106 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games. Lillehammer finished fifth in the regular season before advancing to the playoff semifinals. Martinsen scored 1 goals with 3 assists and 6 penalty minutes in six playoff games. He was -2 with no points and 6 penalty minutes in seven games as Norway finished sixth at the WC in Slovakia.

2011-12: Martinsen skated for Lillehammer in his fifth pro season and played in his third World Championship tournament with the Norway men’s team. He scored 17 goals with 27 assists and was +15 with 106 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games. Lillehammer finished fourth in the regular season and defeated Sparta Sarpsbord in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals. Martinsen scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was -1 with 26 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -1 in seven games at the 2012 WC as Norway finished eighth, falling to gold medal-winning Russia, 5-2, in the quarterfinals.

2012-13: Martinsen left Norway’s GET Ligaen to skate for first-year club Dusseldorf EG in the German DEL along with former Lillehammer teammate Justin Bostrom. One of three players to skate in all 52 regular season games, he scored 6 goals with 16 assists and was -12 with 72 penalty minutes. Dusseldorf finished last in the 14-team league. Martinsen skated for Norway in the 2013 World Championship. In seven games he was -5 with no points and 25 penalty minutes as Norway finished 10th in the 16-team tournament.

2013-14: Martinsen returned to Germany for his second season with Dusseldorf as the club again finished last in the DEL. In 42 regular season games he scored 9 goals with 8 assists and was -18 with a team-leading 124 penalty minutes. Skating in his fifth World Championship tournament for Norway he was +1 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in seven games. Norway missed the quarterfinals, finishing sixth in Group A, and was 12th overall.

2014-15: Martinsen had a breakout season for Dusseldorf as a 23-year-old, finishing second on the team with 19 goals while again leading the team in penalty minutes (99). He had 23 assists and was -5 in 50 regular season games. Dusseldorf enjoyed the first winning season in it’s three-year history, winning 30 of 52 games and finishing fifth. defeating Hamburg Freezers in a seven-game quarterfinal series before falling to ERC Ingolstadt. Martinsen scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +1 with 8 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. He had 1 assist and was -2 with 10 penalty minutes skating for Norway in the 2015 World Championship. Martinsen signed a one-year entry-level contract with Colorado in May 2015.

Talent Analysis

Martinsen will be 25 years old when the 2015-16 season starts so he is an experienced player despite the fact that he will be in his first season in North America. Colorado has shown a willingness in recent years to sign bigger free agents from Europe who are in their 20's such as Borna Rendulic and Dennis Everberg. Martinsen appears to fit that mold, having put up decent scoring numbers in the German DEL. He uses his size to advantage and has a physical component to his play.

Future

Martinsen joined the Avalanche in November, making his NHL debut in a game against Philadelphia after opening the 2015-16 season with Colorado AHL affiliate San Antonio. A fixture in the lineup since being re-called, he has provided a physical presence to compliment the highly-skilled forwards in the Avalanche lineup. Long-term his offensive potential appears limited though he has chipped in at times.

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