2009-10: As a junior at Mahtomedi High School in Minnesota, Ben Marshall finished third on the team with 48 regular season points, including 18 goals, 30 assists, in 23 games. He added 2 goals and 10 assists in 6 postseason games en route to a fourth place finish in the Class A state tournament.
2010-11: Marshall played the 2011-12 season as a member of the USHL Omaha Lancers, electing to forego his last season of high school hockey. Had a strong season with the team, scoring 11 goals and 21 assist for 32 points in 56 games. Also participated on Omaha’s 3 playoff games, where he notched 1 assist.
2011-12: One of five underclassmen, and the lone freshman, to see a lot of ice time on the blueline for the University of Minnesota, Marshall skated in 41 of 43 games for the Gophers. The Gophers were one of the big stories in college hockey; winning the WCHA regular season title and then avenging a loss to North Dakota in the West Regional Final to reach the Frozen Four (The Fighting Sioux defeated North Minnesota in the WCHA tournament). Marshall scored 4 goals with 9 assists and was plus-13 with 31 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Marshall skated in 40 games for Minnesota as a sophomore and was the second-leading scorer amongst Gophers defensemen. Paired with senior Seth Helgeson (New Jersey), he scored 8 goals with 11 assists and was +8 with 20 penalty minutes. Minnesota finished tied for first with St. Cloud State in the WCHA regular season before suffering a disappointing 2-0 loss to Colorado College in a WCHA semifinal game and losing to eventual national champion Yale, 3-2 in overtime, in the NCAA West Regional semifinals.
2013-14: Marshall skated in 39 of 41 games for the University of Minnesota in his junior season. He scored 3 goals with 15 assists and was +8 with 56 penalty minutes. The Golden Gophers finished first in the newly-formed Big Ten hockey conference and advanced to the Frozen Four championship game. After an upset loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, Minnesota defeated Robert Morris and St. Cloud State to capture the NCAA West Regional and then defeated North Dakota, 2-1, with a game-winning short-handed goal in the game’s final second. Union defeated Minnesota, 7-4, in the championship game.
2014-15: Marshall appeared in all 39 games for the University of Minnesota as a senior. Paired primarily with Sharks’ prospect Michael Brodzinski, he scored 2 goals with 9 assists and was -3 with 20 penalty minutes. The Golden Gophers finished first in the Big Ten and defeated Michigan, 4-2, in the conference championship game. Minnesota-Duluth defeated Minnesota, 4-1, in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals.
Marshall is a pure offensive talent, with a small stature and high-end skating speed. He has a solid shot and is an adept stickhandler. Marshall makes smart decisions with the puck, moving it to his teammates effortlessly. He competes in all three zones but can take undisciplined penalties at times.
Marshall played his senior season at the University of Minnesota in 2014-15 and must be signed to an entry-level contract by the Red Wings by August 2015 or would be come an unrestricted free agent. The Gophers were one of the top teams in college hockey and Marshall had a solid, if unspectacular, season. If he is signed to an NHL deal, he will likely begin his pro career at the AHL or ECHL level. Equally likely, he may have to sign a minor league deal and work his way up from there. His lack of prototypical NHL size and skating ability suggest he could find more lucrative options in Europe.