Martin Marincin couldn't have scripted last season much better from a personal standpoint.
The 22-year-old defenceman got just about all the experience he could ask for, playing in 44 NHL games, the Olympics and the IIHF World Championships (both representing Slovakia).
Marincin was even praised at times for being the Oilers “most solid defenceman” by his head coach and his growth on the ice did not go unnoticed. As Marincin continues to develop, he can look back on last season and be grateful for the experience he gained.
“That was a big season for me,” he said. “I played everywhere so that was great for me. I learned a lot of things so it was good for my hockey life. Now I need to keep working hard and keep going to be the best.”
While playing internationally at the Olympics and World Championships, Marincin learned even more. He watched the established veterans around him to try and learn things in addition to what the NHL had already taught him.
“I was just looking around me at these guys and what they are doing. I was trying to learn on the ice and in the locker room and everything.”