Christian Marti

Hometown:

Bulach Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-03-29

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

210 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Christian Marti played for the Kloten U20 team in Switzerland’s Elite Junior A league as a 17-year-old and represented Switzerland in the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 38 regular season games for Kloten and had no points with 28 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. Marti was -3 with no points and 16 penalty minutes in six games for Switzerland at the WJC. Switzerland finished first in the four-team relegation round, maintaining a spot in the top division for 2012.

2011-12: Marti skated in 31 regular season games and 5 playoff contests with the Kloten Flyers in his first season in Switzerland’s National A League. He also played for the Kloten U20 team and represented Switzerland in the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He was +2 with 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes during the regular season with the Flyers and had no points with 2 penalty minutes and a -1 plus/minus during the playoffs. Marti scored 1 goal and was -3 in six games for eighth-place Switzerland at the WJC. In 15 games for the Kloten U20 team, including three playoff contests, he scored 5 goals with 6 assists and 24 penalty minutes. Marti was selected by Blainville-Boisbriand in the first round (49th overall) in the 2012 CHL Import Draft.

2012-13: Marti played for the QMJHL’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and skated in his second World Juniors tournament with Switzerland. Limited to seven games while dealing with injuries at the beginning of the year, he scored 5 goals with 9 assists and was +25 with 35 penalty minutes in 46 regular season games for the Armada. Blainville-Boisbriand finished first in the West Division and reached the playoff semifinals. Marti scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +6 with 4 penalty minutes in six games for Switzerland at the WJC. Switzerland finished sixth, falling 4-3 to the Czech Republic in the fifth-place game.

2013-14: Marti returned to Switzerland to skate for Geneve-Servette in the National A League. Skating in all 50 regular season games, he scored 4 goals with 8 assists and was +8 with 24 penalty minutes. Servette finished fifth and reached the playoff semifinals. Marti scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +1 with 8 penalty minutes in 12 regular season games.

2014-15: Marti attended the Chicago Blackhawks’ prospect camp in the summer before returning to Switzerland for his second season with Geneve-Servette. He scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was +6 with 20 penalty minutes in 32 games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Geneve-Servette finished sixth and reached the second round in the National A playoffs. Marti signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers as an undrafted free agent in May 2015.

2015-16: Marti made his AHL debut with Flyers’ AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in November after recovering from his shoulder injury. He skated in 27 games with the Phantoms and played two games with the ECHL’s Reading Royals in his first professional season in North America. Marti had 1 assist and was -11 with 10 penalty minutes with the Phantoms. He was -1 with no points nor penalties in two games with Reading.

Talent Analysis

Marti is a huge defensemen who was signed after two impressive seasons playing for Geneve-Servette in Switzerland. Agile for his size but with a physical element to his game, he takes up space in his own zone with a long reach and makes a strong first pass to start the transition. Injuries have hampered him so far as he tries to get his career on track with Philadelphia.

Future

Marti struggled to make an impact for Flyers' AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in 2015-16 in his first season in the organization. Slowed at the beginning of the year after re-aggravating his shoulder injury, he skated in 27 games with the Phantoms. He will look to have a larger role in his second year with the club but faces a huge challenge as several prospects are expected to join the club. Marti's size and skating ability suggests he can be a shutdown defender if he can stay healthy.

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