The Edmonton Oilers are about to fill their need on the backline with tall trees from the last several drafts. Sometimes, early arrival (and success) means hanging around longer than the kids behind you. How quickly can Marincin make the grade?

Oiler fans got a good look at Marincin at the most recent World Juniors, and saw an effective defender with good instincts. This young man is a good stretch away from the NHL, but he’ll arrive in OKC as the most highly touted defenseman since Jeff Petry.

The early word on Marincin–right after the draft–was about size and speed combination and what that means on defense.

  • Stu MacGregor: We’re happy to have him he’s a big kid, he skates well. A big strong guy, he has a lot of physical development to go yet. He makes a good pass, we’re excited about him.”
  • Steve Tambellini: “He’s a big man, tall and lanky. I guess the poise he showed at the WJ tournament, I thought he was better there than what he was showing at the U-18. His ability to match up against skill players in the tournament, he’s got a good stick. His mobility is good. He’s a big man who can think the game.”

Marincin has the skills and size to back up the resume. He’s also focused on making it to the NHL, as reflected in his interview with Andrey Osadchenko for Oilers Nation back in the winter:

  • AO: In Canada you play in a junior league, while back home Martin Gernat, Tomas Jurco and you could have easily made the pro team of your hometown – Kosice. Do you keep in touch with HC Kosice? Do they want you back?
  • MM: I practiced with them last summer. They talked to me and the other guys. But we all want to play in the NHL. It’s every player’s dream. I think it’s better for us to play here.


Somewhere in between quality junior player and AHL regular, and this season (2012-13) will tell us about timelines for young Marincin. If he can adjust quickly–and he showed very well in a small sample size at the end of the Barons regular season, going 6, 0-1-1 +4–then we can begin to imagine both Marincin and Oscar Klefbom pushing for NHL employment in the fall of 2013. If the adjustment to AHL play takes longer–and we know this happens, recent examples being Taylor Chorney, Alex Plante, Colten Teubert and others–then perhaps 2014 or 2015 will be the charm. At that point, Marincin will be in a dogfight for playing time with names like Martin Gernat, David Musil and others.

As for his current level of ability, Corey Pronman at Hockey Prospectus did a nice job summing it up:

  • Pronman:  Marincin is a big defender with a lot of physical tools with desirable upside. He skates well for his size, is mobile in all directions, and at times flashes true above-average ability in that area. He has good puck skills and puck-moving ability to create offense on his own and is looked to quarterback power plays to create for others as well as manning the top of the umbrella on the power play this year in the WHL. Marincin improved significantly on his consistency issues this year but he’ll have odd brain cramp moment and still has some work to do in his defensive game. His physical game isn’t an issue, but he could use his body a little more.


Prince George coach Dean Clark: “You know who he reminds me of is when Alexander Edler came into our league with Kelowna. I think he’s better than Alexander was with Kelowna and look what Alexander turned into in the NHL.” 


Marincin’s “range of skills” are the calling card here. Marincin will very likely line up behind Jeff Petry, Justin Schultz and Oscar Klefbom among the young men on the blue, but that’s also a good slot for him. Add in the veterans who will still (hopefully) be around and 5-6D minutes for Marincin in 2013-14 or 2014-15 should be a good way for him to break in.

Marincin has a nice range of skills. He’s turning pro this fall and Oiler fans should be watching him.Tall trees who can play defense stand out in a crowd.

    • Lowetide

      I think its just holidays and such, plus Kent is on his honeymoon and I personally don’t want to be the guy who makes him take time out from his HONEYMOON to listen to a bunch of guys prattle on about hockey for 2 hours!


      I mean, we’re hockey fans but we’re also men!

  • Quicksilver ballet

    After all the near misses, one of these kids should soon turn into gold for the Oilers. Could be Marincin that finds himself ahead of Potter,Tuebert and Peckham on the depth chart by the end of this coming season.

    Be a good thing to see Marincin get 10-15 games in the NHL this season and see where he is.

  • BaconWrapped

    Pro hockey will be the big test for Marincin. He has passed every test so far and his brief stint with the Barons should help. Guys like him and Klefbom could be keys to just how good the Oilers become.

  • Lowetide

    Not often, in fact very very rarely, do a group of prospects turn out to be wishes come true. Marincin, Klefbom, Schultz, Gernat, Musil, Simpson, Bigos, Fedun, Teubert, Plante and Davidson seem to be the young 11 top defensive candidates for future employment. I’d wager good cash money that at least 5 of them wind up with NHL careers of over 200 games.

    Taking it a step further, Schultz, Klefbom, Marincin, Gernat and Musil will, short of trade or career ending injury, be manning the Oiler blue within 5 years.

  • WeridAl

    The Oilers were hoping Marincin could make the jump to the AHL last year, but it was the lack of weight training last summer that put a hold on that. If he puts on 15-20lbs+ he will be scary, IMO he’ll will be ahead of Petry. He has a harder and more accurate shot and a mean streak which Petry lacks. His game can be more physical, but that should come with the weight gain. He was also a mark man in the WHL by the refs after that notable elbow he gave that US player in the WJC a couple of years back. He a at least one suspension, so he’s had to watch himself.

    The Oilers will have a difficult decision to make in the next 2-3yrs which one of these prospect D to keep.

  • BaconWrapped

    I wonder what Nelson had to say about him during his little stint he had in the AHL.

    I still think if there is one Dman thats going to make the team from camp this year its going to be Fedun.

  • OilDoug

    Big D with skills! I like it.

    If Marincin and Gernat can develop and Klefbom and Musil also develop and Petry, Shultz and Smid stay the course this D core could be scary good!

  • Aitch

    Casselman said Taking it a step further, Schultz, Klefbom, Marincin, Gernat and Musil will, short of trade or career ending injury, be manning the Oiler blue within 5 years.

    I like the thinking. If you throw in Petry and Smid from the current crew, that might be the dream 7 within 3-5 years. But I think two of those seven will be used as trade bait to bring back veterans within 2-3 years.