Jesse Martin
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Jesse Martin

Hometown:

Edmonton Alberta

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1988-09-07

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

7th round (195th overall), 2006

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2005-06: Having battled various injuries throughout the year, Martin managed to finish third on Spruce Grove in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with 15 goals and 29 assists in 40 games. He suffered a concussion early in the year on a dangerous hit from behind by Fort Saskatchewan defenseman Ian Barteaux and also had a groin injury that prevented him from participating in the AJHL All-Star game. He did play in the first-ever CJAHL Prospects Game and The Viking Cup.

2006-07: Martin got off to a slow start in the USHL after joining Tri-City, but he finished with 19 goals (7 on the power play) along with 37 assists in 59 games. In nine playoff games, he scored 2 goals with 4 assists. Martin stayed on the ice more with Tri-City, reducing his penalty minutes to 31 PIM after getting 122 minutes with Spruce Grove in 2005-06.

2007-08: As a freshman at the University of Denver Martin was mainly used as a second line center, scoring 7 goals with 8 assists and appearing in all 41 games for the Pioneers. Denver finished third in the WCHA regular season but won the playoff title before falling to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.

2008-09: Missed a handful of games and was hampered by a torn labrum that required post-season surgery but Martin was a warrior for Denver. Overshadowed by some of the high fliers in the Pioneers lineup, he improved his scoring numbers from the previous year with 10 goals and 13 assists in 37 games. Denver was again one of the top teams in college hockey finishing with a record of 23-12-5 but was beaten by Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA final and lost to Miami in the NCAA tournament.

2009-10: Denver had another outstanding regular season, winning the WCHA regular season title but was again snake-bitten in the WCHA and NCAA tournaments. Martin was limited to 34 games after separating his shoulder in a January game but finished with 14 goals and 8 assists as well as a career best +13 plus/minus. Martin was used on the power play as a quarterback from the point and also was a valuable penalty killer for the Pioneers.

Talent Analysis

Martin's skating has been a source of concern for scouts since his days in junior. While much-improved, it is still something he needs to constantly work to refine. Skating issues aside, he is a skilled center who is a good playmaker and solid defensively. Martin works to put himself in good positions, both in the offensive and defensive zones and is a team leader with vision and hockey sense. While not a particularly small player, there are questions about his size and strength as it translates to the pro level.

Future

Martin attended the recent Thrashers prospects camp but is headed back to the University of Denver to complete his final season of college hockey. He will likely spend some time at the AHL level working to continue to develop his game. While his skating ability is less of an issue at the college level, it is something he must improve to reach his full potential. With good hockey sense but skating issues and average size, Martin projects to a lower line center capable of being effective on the power play or in a penalty killing role.