Martin Marincin
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Martin Marincin

Hometown:

Slovakia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-02-18

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

2nd Round (46th Overall), 2010

Weight:

188 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Martin Marincin played for HC Kosice at the U20 junior level.  In 49 games, Marincin scored 11 goals and added 15 assists for 26 points.  marincin played for Slovakia at the U-18 World Junior Championships.  He picked up 1 assist in 6 games.

2009-10: Played for the Slovakian U-20 team.  In 24 games, Marincin scored 2 goals and added 3 assists for 5 points.  Marincin played for both the U-20 and U-18 WJC teams that represented Slovakia.  In 6 U-20 games, he picked up 2 assists.  In 6 U-18 games, Marincin scored 2 goals and added 1 assist for 3 points.  Was chosen 5th overall by Avtomobilist in the 2010 KHL (RUS) Draft.

2010-11: Marincin made his North American pro hockey debut in a late-season contest with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons after skating for the WHL’s Prince George Cougars and representing Slovakia at the 2011 World Junior Championship. Marincin was +1 with 2 PMs in his only game with the Barons. Marincin got off to a fast start for Prince George in his first WHL season before seeing his production dip in the second half. He was the Cougars’ second-leading scorer amongst defensemen with 14 goals and 42 assists with a troubling -12 plus/minus and 65 PMs. In four playoff games against Kelowna he tied for the team lead with 4 assists and scored one goal; finishing -4 for the series. Marincin skated in just two games for Slovakia after receiving a four-game suspension for an illegal hit on USA forward Jason Zucker (MIN) in a 6-1 loss. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton in April 2011.

2011-12: Marincin appeared in six late season games with Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City following his second season in the WHL and skated for Slovakia in the U20 World Junior Championship for the second straight season. He was plus-four with 1 assist and had 2 penalty minutes with the Barons and was with the club during the AHL playoffs but did not see any action. He began the WHL season with Prince George and was minus-five with 4 goals and 13 assists in 30 games for the last place Cougars before being traded to Regina. He scored 7 goals with 16 assists and was minus-two in 28 games for the Pats, who reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the  East Division. Marincin scored 2 goals and was minus-three with 6 penalty minutes in the five game playoff series with Moose Jaw.  He played six games for Slovakia at the WJC and was plus-two with 1 goal and 2 assists.

2012-13: Marincin skated for Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in his first pro season. He finished with the team’s top plus/minus (+20) and scored 7 goals with 23 assists and 40 penalty minutes in 69 games. The Barons finished third in the South Division and reached the Western Conference finals. Marincin scored 1 goal with 6 assists in 17 playoff games and was +8 with 2 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Marincin made his NHL debut with the Oilers on December 5th in a game against the Avalanche and spent most of the second half with Edmonton after opening the year with the club’s AHL affiliate Oklahoma City. He played for Slovakia in the 2014 Winter Olympics and World Championship tournaments. Marincin was -2 with 6 assists and 16 penalty minutes, averaging 19 minutes of ice time in 44 regular season games with Edmonton. In 24 AHL regular season games with Oklahoma City he scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was +5 with 4 penalty minutes. The Barons were swept by Calder Cup champion Texas in a first-round playoff series but Marincin was with the Oilers at the time. In four games at the Olympics he was -4 with no points and 4 penalty minutes as Slovakia finished 11th in the 12-team tournament. Marincin scored 1 goal with 1 asset and was +1 with 12 penalty minutes in seven games as Slovakia finished ninth at the World Championship. 

Talent Analysis

Marincin is a lanky Slovak blueliner who is an excellent skater for his size and shows tremendous mobility. He uses his reach very effectively and his offensive instincts and skill set serve him well, both breaking out of his own zone and in a powerplay quarterback role. He can play with an edge (as was evidenced at the 2011 World Junior Championships) but is not overly physical. Since making the transition to the pro ranks, he has taken his game to the next level and was a real difference-maker in the for Oklahoma City in the 2013 AHL playoffs.

Future

Marincin is in his third pro season in North America in 2014-15 — splitting the year between the Oilers and AHL affiliate Oklahoma City. Marincin showed promise in a late season call-up last season but was in a lower pairing role, and a healthy scratch at times, during the first half of this season before being returned to the Barons in November. Since his recall at the beginning of February he is seeing steady ice time. Long-term Marincin doesn't figure to have much of an offensive component to his game nor is he overly punishing. His size and reach suggest he can be an effective middle pairing defensive defenseman in the future.

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