21-year-old Oilers defenceman Martin Marincin has steadily earned his ice time and has made more plays as he becomes a solid addition to the team’s blue line.
Tonight was possibly his best game to date. He finished +2, chipped in three blocked shots, played close to 21 minutes and left a good impression with his head coach.
“Marty made some plays tonight,” Coach Dallas Eakins said. “He made some plays that high level defencemen in this league, sometimes can’t make. I thought he had settled in nicely too and started to turn into a go-to guy for us to break our puck out of our zone. We had a few problems with that at certain points of the game but Marty had the ice in his veins a few times where he was real settled, he didn’t panic, he took a breath and was able to escape and make a play. Those are the games that are encouraging when you’ve got a young, young defenceman like that. Especially in a building like this, playing a team like this, for him to settle in and make those plays is very encouraging for our future and his.”
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more coverage on Marincin as he heads to Sochi, Russia to participate in the Winter Olympics.