Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins had said before in camp that Martin Marincin had yet to hit his stride. Marincin, who played 44 games with the Oilers last season, was clearly in a battle for his position on the team. Eakins says the 22-year-old made a statement in the team’s 3-2 win over the Coyotes on Wednesday night.
“I thought Marty Marincin really upped his game. He had, I thought, struggled a little bit but he firmly put his stamp tonight that he is very interested in staying here and reclaiming his spot.”
It wasn’t only Marincin making impressions. Former first-round picks Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse each had solid games.
Nurse, who was selected seventh overall in 2013, showed “flashes of what he can do.”
“I think his game, compared to last year, is much better,” Eakins said. “He’s a little more settled back there. The difference for him this year is our defence is better. It’s a different battle set up. All three guys played well for me.”