2009-10: Jordan Martinook was the third-leading scorer for Drayton Valley in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. After appearing in two games with the Thunder the previous year, Martinook scored 21 goals with 19 assists in 59 games. The Thunder finished last in the North Division, winning just 12 games during the year. Martinook was named to the AJHL North’s All-Rookie team.
2010-11: Martinook attended the Vancouver Giants camp on a tryout basis and earned a spot with the WHL team. He was one of two players to play in all 72 regular season games for the Giants and scored 11 goals with 17 assists while finishing plus-one with 67 penalty minutes. Vancouver finished second in the B.C. Division and was swept by Tri-City in the first round of the playoffs. In four playoff games Martinook scored 1 goal and was minus-two with 8 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Martinook emerged as a goal scorer for Vancouver in his second season, finishing second on the Giants with 40 goals; one goal behind leading-scorer Brendan Gallagher (Montreal). Once again skating in all 72 games for Vancouver he had 24 assists and was plus 14 with 80 penalty minutes. Vancouver finished second in the B.C. Division and fell to Spokane in a six-game first round playoff series. Martinook scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was plus-five with 2 penalty minutes in the series. In his third year of draft eligibility, he was ranked 128th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and selected by Phoenix in the second round (58th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Martinook played for the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate in Portland in his first pro season. He skated in 53 games, missing time in December and January while recovering from a “lower-body injury”, and scored 9 goals with 10 assists; finishing -4 with 30 penalty minutes. The Pirates finished second in the Atlantic Division and were swept by Eastern Conference champion Syracuse in the first round; losing two of the three games in overtime. Martinook had 1 assist and was -3 in three playoff games.
Martinook is a solidly built, versatile forward who can line up as a center or play the wing. He can score goals in a variety of ways and enjoys the physical side of the game. Instinctive goal-scorer who can find the back of the net through his skill or from getting himself into scoring areas. He has had a little trouble finding the offensive game in the AHL, but he still is solid enough in most areas to be effective.
You had to know that Martinook would have trouble rekindling a 40-goal final season in the WHL. While he still is a big body and a gritty forward, he is going to need to find more of the net moving forward with Portland if he wants to be considered for an NHL position.