It was a bit of a surprise at the end of training camp when the Oilers chose to send defenceman Martin Marincin to Oklahoma City. The 22-year-old spent 44 games with the Oilers last season, drawing praise from coaches and management for how he transitioned to the NHL.
But the decision to send Marincin to the AHL was based on his performance in camp, as it took some time for Marincin to hit his stride.
We determined, out of training camp, that there were guys that had better camps than him,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “That doesn’t mean he was terrible, that doesn’t mean he was awful or anything like that. But, he was outplayed at training camp by some other players. It was as simple as that.”
It was a tough time for Marincin, but the young blueliner went back to OKC on a mission.
“It was hard because I was working hard all summer and tried my best at training camp and they sent me down,” Marincin said. “It just happened when I was (doing better). I was working hard in the gym, at practice and in the game and I’m back here.”
He continued, “My thing was to go down, work hard and come back to Edmonton soon.”
Marincin didn’t have to wait long for his return to Edmonton. He played just one game with the Barons before being recalled by the Oilers on Friday morning.
“I’m so excited to be here and play tonight for the Oilers,” he said. “I will be trying my best on the ice and will be solid.”