Originally hailing from Finland, Marjamaki joined the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels in 2002, where he totaled 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) and 56 penalty minutes in 65 games.
Drafted in the 2nd round, 66th overall, 2003 Entry Draft by Boston.
2003-04: Split time between the Red Deer Rebels and the Moose Jaw Warriors, where he played 65 games between the two for a total of 39 points (21 goals, 18 assists) and 103 penalty minutes. Marjamaki helped Team Finland win the bronze medal at the 2004 World Juniors, where he totaled 3 points in seven games.
2004-05: His season was disrupted by injury problems early on, but the Warriors captain still completed 51 games for a total of 46 points (14 goals, 32 assists) and 49 penalty minutes. He was part of Team Finland once again for the 2005 WJC, and though he didn’t score any points this time around, he did accumulate 12 penalty minutes in the six games he played.
He did not come to terms with Boston and re-entered the 2005 draft.
2005-06: Played his first professional season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 75 games, Marjamaki had nine goals and 31 points. He earned a look with the Islanders at the end of the season.
2006-07: In his second full season with the Sound Tigers, his most impressive stat was that he played in all but two of the team’s games. However, during those 78 games, he compiled a team-worst plus/minus of -27, and there were periods when he was benched for his poor play- particularly his inability to make smart decisions on the ice. this season, he played on a line with Nokelainen and Jason Pitton. He finished out the season with 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists), -27 and 80 penalty minutes.
Jeffrey Bausch contributed to this profile
Talent AnalysisMarjamaki is a solid player that has shown steady improvement. Though he’s an agitator with a gritty style of play, he’s also an adept stickhandler who can maneuver the puck well. Increased ice time has helped his game tremendously and he’s demonstrated an ability to put up some points. He also brings a highly developed work ethic and leadership skills to his game, something that has earned him a spot as team captain, and will no doubt help his progress further down the line.
FutureThe biggest upside for Marjamaki is that he’s a tireless worker who is continually trying to improve his craft. He may need to add a little bulk to survive the NHL, especially if he continues to play a very physical style of game.