Martin Gernat
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Martin Gernat

Hometown:

Kosice Slovakia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-04-11

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

5th round (122nd overall), 2011

Weight:

191 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Martin Gernat turned in a quality season with HC Presov U18 in Slovakia, posting 34 points (6 goals and 28 assists) in 41 games from the blueline.

2009-10: Gernat played another full year with HC Presov U18 with 4 goals and 24 assists in 41 games. Also got into two playoff games with the U20 team but was held scoreless.

2010-11: After 7 points in 8 games with the U18 club, Gernat played the balance of the season with HC Presov U20 posting 3 goals and 15 assists in 28 games during the regular season as well as 3 goals and 3 assists in 12 postseason games. Gernat also represented Slovakia at the World Junior Championships, notching one assist in the 6 games.

2011-12: Gernat skated for the WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings in his first season in North America and represented Slovakia at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. One of three Oilers’ prospects to skate for the Oil Kings, he scored 9 goals with 46 assists and was plus-41 with 46 penalty minutes in 60 games. He scored 7 goals with 6 assists and was plus-8 with 8 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games. In four games at the Memorial Cup he scored 1 goal and was minus-three.

2012-13: Gernat returned to the lineup for the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings in January after recovering from a shoulder injury. He was an offensive presence from his defensive spot in the second half and in the playoffs. Gernat scored 3 goals with 10 assists and was +8 with 14 penalty minutes in 23 regular season games. Edmonton finished first in the Central Division and lost to Portland in the WHL Finals. Gernat scored 6 goals with 11 assists in 22 playoff games and was +16 with 6 penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Oilers in April, 2013.

2013-14: Gernat skated for Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in his first pro season — briefly spending time with the ECHL’s Bakerfsfield Condors. Teamed at times with fellow rookie and former Edmonton Oil Kings teammate David Musil with the Barons, he scored 4 goals with 17 assists and was -12 with 26 penalty minutes in 57 regular season games. Oklahoma City finished third in the West Division and lost to eventual Calder Cup champion Texas in a first-round playoff series. Gernat was -1 with no points nor penalties in his only playoff game. In three ECHL games with Bakersfield he had 1 assist and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes. 

Talent Analysis

Gernat is a lanky rearguard who skates well and has some offensive instincts. He has excellent vision, is a quality passer, and is very confident with the puck, whether he is carrying it out of the zone or distributing it. Gernat still needs to work on his defensive positioning and decision making and continue to add bulk to his lean frame.

Future

Gernat attended training camp with the Oilers and is in his second season with AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in 2014-15. While his offensive numbers are down his two-way play has improved and it appears he has made a concerted effort to improve in that area. Gernat's offensive flourishes likely initially garnered attention from NHL scouts but to play at that level he must be more competent in his own end. At this point, Gernat projects as a bottom pairing defenseman and power play specialist. His improved decision making and defensive play could increase those expectations.

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