Tomas Marcinko has played for HC Kosice of the Extraliga league in Slovakia since 2003-2004, as well as Team Slovakia—on which he tallied 2 goals, and 2 assists, in addition to 10 PIM—in the Under-18 World Junior Championships in 2005 and 2006. As a member of HC Kosice’s U-18, U-20, and pro team, he totaled 58 goals, 64 assists, 122 points, a plus/minus rating of +103, and 154 PIM in 146 games over 3 seasons. Marcinko also had a brief stint as a member of HKm Humenne of the 1.Liga in Slovakia in 2005-2006, amassing 4 points in 5 regular season games and 4 points in 4 playoff games.
Marcinko’s best season while playing for HC Kosice came in 2005-06 with the U-20 team, when he had 26 goals, 21 assists, 47 points, a +39 rating, and 50 PIM in 35 games.
Chosen by Barrie Colts in the first round (54th overall) of the 2005 CHL Import Draft. Join Barrie in 2006-07.
2006-07: Marcinko spent time with the Barrie Colts of the OHL and also represented Team Slovakia at the WJCs. In 56 games with the Colts, Marcinko had 19 goals, 21 assists for 40 points and 54 penalty minutes.
2007-08: Marcinko ranked third on the Barrie Colts (OHL) with 45 points (19+26) while tallying 54 penalty minutes. He was selected to represent Team Slovakia at the World Junior Championships.
2008-09: Marcinko's first full season of pro hockey brought very little offensive production on a Bridgeport team that was one of the AHL's top teams. The large 20-year-old center, playing in a lineup with several AHL veterans, tallied tallied 4 goals with 7 assists and was -3 with 30 PMs in a limited role. Marcinko played in 4 of the 5 playoff games in the Sound Tigers' first-round loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and was scoreless and +1.
2009-10: Marcinko spent his second season with Bridgeport (AHL) in pretty much the same situation – a lower line role behind several veteran forwards. The Sound Tigers slipped in the standings, finishing fifth in the re-aligned Atlantic Division and once again were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Marcinko scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was -6 with 27 PMs in 54 regular season games. In five playoff contests he had an assist and was -1 with 2 PMs.
2010-11: Marcinko played a career-high 66 games in his third season with Bridgeport and was once again a lower line two-way forward with limited offensive production. He scored 4 goals with 7 assists and was -20 with 56 PMs as Bridgeport finished last in the Atlantic Division. Marcinko signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders in June, 2011.
2011-12: Marcinko had a career-high 21 points in his fourth AHL season with Bridgeport – scoring 8 goals with 13 assists and finishing minus-five with 78 penalty minutes in 65 games for the Sound Tigers. Bridgeport finished first in the Northeast Division but were upset by second-place Connecticut in the first round of the playoffs. Marcinko played in 2 of 3 playoff games with no points nor penalty minutes. He was tendered a qualifying offer by the Islanders in June 2012 before signing a contract to play with MoDo in Sweden in 2012-13.
Tomas Marcinko is an intriguing prospect with high “boom or bust” potential. Said by some to have first-round talent, Marcinko dropped in the draft because of his inability to finish plays. However, he is very effective at both ends of the ice when on his game and has exhibited above-average puck-handling skills, creativity, and a solid wrist-shot. While he won’t blow you away with his speed and skating ability (average, at best, according to scouts), Marcinko has good hockey sense and is hardly caught out of position in his own zone, which has made him a valuable asset to his team’s penalty killing units.
Marcinko’s game does have a lot of holes, though. While he put up impressive scoring numbers as a member of HC Kosice, scouts said he too often looked lost in the offensive zone at the 2006 U-18 WJC—it was his strong defensive showing that saved him from being rated as sub-par. He’s a big kid (6’4), but must bulk up, improve his skating, and become more physical along the boards if he wishes to succeed at the NHL level. While Marcinko battles traffic effectively, he should really look to drive to the net harder to bother the goalie and look for loose pucks and rebounds; with his size, he should be right in front of the crease, trying to screen the goalie at every opportunity. His most glaring deficiency, however, is his indecisiveness with the puck. All too often, Marcinko will look confused and timid in the offensive zone.
Marcinko has returned to Europe to play for HC Kosice in Slovakia for the 2012-13 season.