Danick Martel

Hometown:

Drummondville Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-12-12

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-8

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

160 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Danick Martel played for the Magog Cantonniers midget AAA team in Quebec. He scored 10 goals with 8 assists and 60 penalty minutes in 41 regular season games. Magog was third in the Reebok Division and reached the playoff semifinals. Martel scored 7 goals with 4 assists and 8 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games.

2011-12: Martel made his QMJHL debut with Blainville-Boisbriand — finishing -2 with no points or penalties in a January 12th game against Baie-Comeau — and led the Magog Cantonniers in scoring in his second midget AAA season. He scored 23 goals with 29 assists and 83 penalty minutes in 41 regular season games. Magog was fourth in the Reebok Division and reached the playoff quarterfinals. Martel led the Cantonniers with 6 goals and had 3 assists with 10 penalty minutes in seven playoff games.

2012-13: Martel was one of three players to skate in all 68 regular season games for Blainville-Boisbriand in his first QMJHL season. He scored 19 goals with 22 assists and was +20 with 50 penalty minutes. The Armada finished first in the West Division and reached the QMJHL playoff semifinals. Martel scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was +3 with 16 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games.

2013-14: Martel was the second-leading scorer for Blainville-Boisbriand behind Panthers’ prospect Christopher Clapperton in his second QMJHL season. He scored a team-high 32 goals with 28 assists and was +28 with 42 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games. The Armada finished second in the West Division and again reached the playoff semifinals; falling to Baie-Comeau 2-1, in the decisive seventh game of an epic series. Martel scored 8 goals with 1 assist and was +4 with 8 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games.

2014-15: Martel signed a three-year entry-level contract with Philadelphia in March 2015 following his third QMJHL season with Blainville-Boisbriand. He made his pro debut with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, scoring 1 goal with 2 assists and finishing +1 with 4 penalty minutes in five late season games. Martel was the QMJHL’s second-leading scorer, trailing only Conor Garland of the Moncton Wildcats. He scored 48 goals — one behind teammate Nikita Jevpalovs (San Jose) for the league lead — and had 54 assists, finishing +38 with 85 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games. The Armada finished first in the West Division before falling to Gatineau in a first-round playoff series. Martel scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was -5 with 8 penalty minutes in six playoff games.  

2015-16: Martel led Flyers’ AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley with 22 goals in his first pro season. He had 15 assists and was -11 with 68 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games. The Phantoms finished seventh in the Atlantic Division, missing the AHL playoffs.

Talent Analysis

Martel can put up offense, which he proved over his time in the QMJHL. But Martel’s 5-foot-8 is a concern, though his skating ability has improved over the years.

Future

Martel skated for Flyers' AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in 2015-16 in his first pro season. A diminutive but dynamic forward with a wealth of offensive skill, he is sometimes a liability on the defensive ice and can be at a disadvantage in tight spaces. His goal scoring instincts suggest he can be a Tyler Johnson-type forward but at the same time if he doesn't develop the supplementary areas of his game it is just as likely he spends his career in the AHL or heads to Europe.

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