Martin Marincin has been a bright spot on the Edmonton Oilers roster since returning on his second call up to the team earlier this season. The 21-year-old Slovakian defenceman has begun transitioning into full-time NHL duty with solid play that speaks to why the team drafted him in the second round, 46th overall in 2010.
Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins talked about whether or not he was surprised at how far Marincin has come and how much ice time and responsibility he has been able to place on his young blueliner.
“I guess, yes and no,” said Eakins. “A guy with that experience, you certainly don’t expect to have to run him that hard but he’s earning his minutes. I think we’ve been good at pointing out mistakes, learning from them and making sure he gets right back on the ice to keep his confidence up and there’s lots of stuff he has to work on.”
One of those tidbits of advice that the Oilers bench boss is going to provide to Marincin is that he shadows Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia this February.
“I’m going to encourage him at the Olympics to be right beside, behind Zdeno Chara every step that he takes. Z’s a big, strong man. He’s extremely strong, he’s worked hard at it and that’s the one thing Marty needs to take a big step forward with, is his conditioning and his strength and that will come with age. Chara is a guy that really needs to look to, to learn some quick lessons from while he’s at the Olympics. If Z stops too fast, Marty should be running his head right into his butt.”
For more on Marincin and his journey to the NHL and how he should look to Chara as an example, read edmontonoilers.com’s feature on the defencemen which was published a week ago.