Martin was selected him in the fifth round (No. 148) of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Islanders. He earned a spot with Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League as a walk-on and played alongside future Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos. Martin scored 63 goals and 109 points in 166 games for Sarnia.
He had two assists in his NHL debut against the Nashville Predators on Feb. 9, 2010, though he played most of his first pro season with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. Martin scored his first NHL goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 29, 2010.