Brycen Martin
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Brycen Martin

Hometown:

Calgary Alberta

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-05-09

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (74th overall), 2014

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Brycen Martin appeared in his first midget AAA game as a 14-year-old — playing one game with the CBHA Rangers in Alberta — and played for the Calgary Bisons bantam AAA team. Martin also played for the Calgary South Flames in the Alberta Cup – scoring 1 goal with 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes in five games. He was the second player taken in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft when he was taken by Swift Current in the first round.

2011-12: Martin made his WHL debut with Swift Current and played for the Calgary Buffaloes midget AAA team after playing for Team Alberta in the 2011 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. He had no points nor penalty minutes and was -3 in three games with the Broncos. Martin scored 6 goals with 11 assists and had 65 penalty minutes in 25 midget games with the Buffaloes. He had 1 goal for Team Alberta, which captured the gold medal. Martin also represented Canada for the first time: participating in the European Youth Olympics. He had 5 assists and was +4 in six games.

2012-13: Martin skated in 67 of 72 regular season games for Swift Current in his first full WHL season and played for Canada Pacific in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 2 goals with 17 assists and was +3 with 32 penalty minutes as the Broncos finished third in the East Division. He had no points nor penalty minutes and was -5 in the five game playoff series with Calgary. Martin led all tournament defensemen with nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) in five games at the WHC playing for Canada Pacific.

2013-14: Martin attended Hockey Canada’s U18 summer camp before returning to Swift Current for his second season with the Broncos. Frequently paired with Dallas Stars’ prospect Julius Honka, he scored 6 goals with 31 assists in 72 regular season games and was -16 with 42 penalty minutes. The Broncos finished second in the East Division and lost to Medicine Hat in the first round of the playoffs. Martin had had an even plus/minus with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes in six playoff games. He was ranked 26th amongst North American prospects in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Buffalo in the third round (74th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Martin attended his first NHL training camp with the Sabres before returning to Swift Current for his third WHL season. He skated in 39 games for the Broncos — playing primarily a stay-at-home role with high-flying defensemen Brett Lernout (Montreal) and 2016 draft-eligible Max Lajoie in the Swift Current defense corps. Saskatoon obtained Martin from the Broncos in a trade deadline deal in January 2015. While the last-place Blades missed the playoffs, Martin flourished as a puck mover in an expanded role. After scoring 2 goals with 14 assists while with the Broncos, Martin scored 5 goals with 17 assists while finishing -14 with 19 penalty minutes in 30 games for Saskatoon.

Talent Analysis

Martin is a creative, puck-moving defenseman with offensive upside. He can be trusted to play key minutes. Overshadowed by some of the high-skilled defensemen playing for Swift Current, Martin emerged as a legitimate puck mover in his own right playing with rebuilding Saskatoon at the end of the 2014-15 season. He does not play an overly physical style.

Future

Martin recently completed his third WHL season in 2014-15; joining Saskatoon from Swift Current after a mid-season trade. While the move kept him from participating in the WHL playoffs, the expanded role with the Blades should help his long-term development. With Saskatoon he also had to deal with the adversity and challenge of helping a team make the transition from an also-ran back to contention — something he is likely to face with the Sabres. Long-term he projects as an effective lower pairing defenseman who relies on his skating skills, anticipation, and positional play to prevent scoring opportunities.

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