Ryan Martindale
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Ryan Martindale

Hometown:

Brooklin Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-10-27

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Trade with Edmonton, 2014

Weight:

207 lbs.

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History

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.

2012-13: Martindale skated for Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in his second pro season. An early season knee injury and the presence of several NHL forwards due to the lockout limited him to 41 regular season games. He scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was -3 with 10 penalty minutes. The Barons finished third in the South Division and reached the Western Conference finals. Martindale appeared in two playoff games and had no points with 5 penalty minutes. He played five ECHL games with the Stockton Thunder and had 2 goals while finishing -2.

2013-14: Martindale spent his third pro season in the AHL — beginning the year with Edmonton affiliate Oklahoma City before being acquired by the Panthers along with Derek Nesbitt in January 2014 in exchange for Steve Pinizzotto and Jack Combs — and finished the season with the San Antonio Rampage. In 59 regular season games between the two teams he scored 8 goals with 16 assists and was -13 with 22 penalty minutes. The Rampage missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the West Division. Martindale signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Panthers as a restricted free agent in July 2014.

2014-15: Martindale attended his first training camp with Florida before being assigned to AHL affiliate San Antonio. In his fourth pro season, he skated in 45 games with the Rampage, scoring 8 goals with 5 assists. He was -7 with 6 penalty minutes for San Antonio. In March he was loaned to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, scoring 8 goals with 6 assists while finishing +5 with 4 penalty minutes. In three AHL playoff games with the Crunch he had an even plus/minus with no points nor penalties. 

Talent Analysis

Martindale is a highly-skilled player with prototypical power forward size but his production has yet to match his ability. He combines excellent size with a knack for the net and great on ice vision but is not overly combative and tends to stay on the edges at times rather than competing in the hard areas. He is solid defensively and does well in penalty killing situations and on draws.

Future

Martindale attended training camp with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent but was released prior to the 2015-16 season. He signed an ECHL contract with the Florida Everblades in November and is currently skating with that club. Martindale's combination of size and skill are rare and has afforded him a longer look than perhaps his production has merited. While there is a possibility he eventually develops into the player he was expected to be coming out of juniors, it is equally likely he concludes his career at the minor pro level or receives a contract offer to play in Europe.

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