The Regina Pats are done for the season. After losing to the Moose Jaw Warriors in five games, the likelihood of two prospects in the Oilers system joining the Oklahoma City Barons was inevitable. At least one half of that equation is a go. Brandon Davidson, sidelined after a separated shoulder, will not be healthy enough to play for the Barons this post season. However, his comrade in arms, Martin Marincin, will do just that — he’s expected to play in the OKC lineup this evening.
Marincin, or the Slovakian String Bean (Thanks Bruce & Patricia for pointing this out), is no stranger to Oklahoma City having played at least one game last season in the 7 game grind fest with the Hamilton Bulldogs that ended the Barons run at one round. Quite honestly, Marincin looked lost in that one game. But fared well for his first pro game, in a hostile environment, with tons on the line.
Marincin is listed at 6′ 4″, 196lbs, but likely ten pounds lighter than that. The guy is thin and lanky, but with great hands and a long reach. He moves remarkably well even with that thin frame, but he’s not the physical monster you’d expect him to be. And this, is where Marincin will need to improve his style of play. Hits early on that were deemed dirty have somewhat caused Marincin to slightly taper the grit (Jason Zucker hit comes to mind first). If he refuses to be physical, hi’s time in the minors might be a smidge longer than expected. Either way, Marincin is a sight for sore eyes. With Teubert and Rodney wasting away in Edmonton, and news of Kevin Montgomery, Dylan Yeo, and Kirill Tulupov nursing injuries, the defensive core of this team that has been its bread and butter for winning immediately takes a dip down the stretch. Scott, at Oil Field Hockey who’s up-t0-date on these things, mentioned that the Barons were considering bringing in a CHL defenseman from the Tulsa Oilers to fill the necessary holes. Yikes. Double yikes.
So the ATO parade continues, and with Marincin the Barons get help on the blue line, but also get to watch a prospect with another year of juniors under his belt.
Marincin did double duty for two teams this year, and eventually ended his junior career in Regina where he found life in offense. Here is his season box score:
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Perhaps he was better used in Regina or he simply found himself “in good company”, but either way his point production continued. With those things in mind, I’m anxious to see what kind of pairing he gets on the farm this season. Do they try to nudge him alongside “the bigs” in Teubert or Plante, or do they play to his seemingly long reach and good defensive hands alongside Helmer or Yeo? Either way, look for Marincin to get a chance out of the gate tonight against Hamilton. The Barons need him to be good if they are going to make a statement down the stretch and in the shortened first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
For a solid read on Martin Marincin, check out the Copper & Blue Top 25 Under 25 #11.