Martin Marincin, 22, got a taste of NHL action last season, playing in 44 games for the Oilers. Now heading into training camp he knows what the coaches expect from him.
Even having already played on the team, Marincin feels like he still has to continue to work even harder to make the roster this year. He is no different from any other defenceman.
“I am like every player now,” Marincin said. “I was playing in the NHL last year but that’s nothing for me though because I need to work hard every day. There are lots of new guys and new defencemen so I need to be working hard and we’ll see after camp.”
Getting bigger and stronger was an emphasis for Marincin this summer. He says he has gained five pounds during the off-season.
His one goal now is to make the Oilers team out of camp and then take the season from there.
“Right now it is to make the NHL. First make the team and then we’ll see.”