2006-07: Ryan Martindale was chosen in the second round of the 2007 OHL Priority Selection by the Ottawa 67's.
2007-08: In his OHL rookie season with the 67's, Martindale played in 64 games. He scored nine goals and added eight assists for 17 points, while posting a -15 rating and 18 penalty minutes. He appeared in four playoff games for the 67's, going pointless in those games.
2008-09: Martindale appeared in 53 games for the 67's, scoring 23 goals and adding 24 assists. He was a -7 for the season, picking up 18 penalty minutes along the way. In seven playoff games, Martindale scored two goals and added one assist for three points.
2009-10: In 61 games for the 67's, Martindale scored 19 goals and added 41 assists for 60 points. In 12 playoff games, Martindale netted 4 goals and added 5 assists for 9 points. martindale played for Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game.
2010-11: Martindale scored 34 goals with 49 assists in 65 games for the Ottawa 67's as the center of one of the top lines in junior hockey. Playing alongside Tyler Toffoli (LAK) and Shane Prince (OTT), he was +38 with 28 PMs as Ottawa finished first in the OHL East Division. In Ottawa's high-scoring, four-game first round playoff series with Sudbury, that featured two overtime games, he scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was -3 with 2 PMs.
2011-12: Martindale made his AHL debut with Edmonton affiliate Oklahoma City in a pair of December games and also had a pair of late call-ups with the Barons. With several young forwards in the Edmonton organization, the 20-year-old began his pro career with ECHL Stockton and spent most of the season with the Thunder despite a fairly impressive camp with the Oilers. He had 2 assists in 16 games and was minus-two with 4 penalty minutes in limited ice time with the Barons. He was with Oklahoma City during the playoffs but did not see any action. In 34 games with Stockton he scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was minus-13 with 10 penalty minutes. Four of his six goals were scored on the power play.
The book on Martindale in his draft year was an all world talent with questionable heart and commitment issues. The aspect regarding his talent is bang on, Martindale combines excellent size with a knack for the net and great on ice vision. Somewhat surprisingly he is also solid defensively and does well in penalty killing situations and on draws, at least at the junior level. There are still concerns over his consistency and not knowing how much effort you'll get from him night to night, though the complaints on that front have become less frequent in the past year and a half.
Martindale has been underwhelming to start his pro career as he is playing in the ECHL with the Stockton Thunder and is only managing to put up pedestrian numbers. He has the skill to be in the mix at the NHL level, but is learning the hard way that it takes an incredible work ethic to make good on all that natural ability. Only time will tell if he's able to deliver.