Category Archives: Alec Martinez
– Jeff Zatkoff did not dress for LA tonight as he was a healthy scratch.
– Alec Martinez (pictured near top of crease) started on the top defensive pairing for LA and also worked on LA’s powerplay.
– Martinez looked very good in transition. Such a fluid skater. Played the body and held his defensive ground very well.
– Kevin Porter and Chad Kolarik played on the same line for Phoenix and on the power play together. Their chemistry was frighteningly good, as it has been.
2- LA – Moller 1 (Simmons) 14:12
2- PHX – Johnson 1 (Perry, Motherwell) 14:42
3- LA – 57 Simmonds (Moller, Campbell) 5:13
1- PHX – 76 Perry – 2 min. holding – 8:16
1- PHX – 54 Billingsley – 2 min. hooking – 12:53
1- LA – 45 Bernier – 2 min. tripping – 15:19
1- PHX – 46 Brodeur – 5 min. fighting – 17:45
1- LA – 56 Clune – 5 min. fighting – 17:45
1- LA – 56 Clune – 2 min. instigating – 17:45
1- LA – 56 Clune – 10 min. misconduct – 17:45
2- LA – 80 Doughty – 2 min. tripping – 7:45
2- LA – 50 Holloway – 2 min. hooking – 12:05
2- LA – 60 Dravecky 2 min. hooking – 15:06
3- PHX – 46 Brodeur – 2 min. hooking – 9:01
3- LA – 80 Doughty – 2 min. holding – 11:37
Shots on Goal:
Phoenix: 38 (10-17-11)
Los Angeles: 27 (10-9-8)
Final: LA 2, Phoenix 1
>Just as a reminder to those of you who almost forgot (myself), the LA Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes rookie game will be broadcast online tonight at 9pm EST.
For those who are interested in the rosters for each team, here is the link.
Zatkoff will wear 36 and Martinez will wear 53 for the LA Kings.
You can visit either the Kings or the Coyotes website to watch the game broadcast.
>Over on Hockey’s Future, they’re in the process of compiling each organization’s Top Twenty Prospects. Former RedHawks Jeff Zatkoff and Alec Martinez were ranked 12th and 15th, respectively in the LA Kings Top Twenty, while Freshman defenseman Will Weber was rated the 14th best prospect in the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise. Here are a few snippets from each:
Los Angeles Kings
Jonathan Bernier is not the only goaltender in the Kings system with legitimate NHL starting potential. Zatkoff left college hockey early, signing an entry-level contract during the offseason. With Bernier and Jonathan Quick already in the system, it will be tough for Zatkoff to find significant playing time. But the Kings were high enough on Zatkoff to bring him into the already packed minor league system to begin his training under the watchful eyes of the Kings coaching staff. He does not have the future franchise goaltender tag that Bernier has, but can be a solid and steady No. 1 goaltender in the right situation. He will spend a couple of seasons in the minor leagues before he can be expected to see meaningful minutes in the NHL, whether with Los Angeles or with another organization. If both Bernier and Zatkoff develop to their full potential, the Kings will have a valuable trading chip in Zatkoff that they can use to fill any hole in their roster in future years. Or, if Bernier falters, Zatkoff is a good insurance policy to have..
You can read JZ’s profile analysis by clicking here.
15. Alec Martinez, Defenseman
With no graduations from these rankings, it stands to reason that most prospects would drop a couple of spots as new faces from the 2008 Entry Draft are added. But Martinez is one of the few prospects who actually moves up after an outstanding season with Miami University. He demonstrated enough skill and maturity last season to seriously be considered a viable candidate to join Los Angeles as early as this season. Martinez is a two-way defenseman with respectable enough skating ability to keep pace with the forwards at the NHL level. He does not have as high of a ceiling as the first three defensemen on this list, but like Harrold, can be serviceable enough at the NHL level. If he does not join Los Angeles to start the season, he will likely take the spot in Manchester vacated by Harrold’s promotion to the Kings.
This link showcases Alec’s prospect profile.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Weber has all the physical tools to become a very good NHL defenseman, but he is extremely raw. He has strong skating, has a good build for an NHL defenseman at 6’4, 205, and he has a good shot.
The big Michigan product had an up and down season last year with the Steel and did not stand out overall as one of the better defensemen on his team. He had a total of 18 points in 46 games. He is committed to play at Miami University and will need a few years there to mold himself into a premier quality, polished defenseman.
View Will’s profile, click here.
These really are very good reads. I strongly encourage you to check them out. I’ll have these permanently linked in the upper right corner of the page, for future reference.
>As a part of the rookie camps for each team, the Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes will square off for a series of two rookie games, beginning on September 16, 2008 and concluding the next day, on the 17th. Both games will be held at the Jobing.com Arena, the home barn of the Coyotes, and will feature top rookie prospects from both teams. As you might expect both Jeff Zatkoff (wearing jersey number 35) and Alec Martinez (wearing 53) are currently slated to participate in the exhibition series for the Kings.
On a side note, both Kevin Porter and Chad Kolarik will be participating for the Coyotes.
You can watch the first of these two games (again, September 16) on the web, by visiting the LA Kings Official Site. The game is scheduled to begin at 6pm PDT, so depending on where you live, the start time will be different. If you’re reading this in Oxford, you can point your browsers to the King’s page for the live broadcast at 9pm.
As with all of their young prospects, the Kings’ coaching staff worked with their young defenseman to refine their games, and Martinez was no exception.
“There’s always little things,” Martinez explained. “You can improve your deception, picking your head up a little earlier, surveying the ice to get better vision. There’s definitely room for improvement.”
To read the rest of the Martinez piece and check out the rest of Frozen Royalty, click here.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Creech.
>As NHL development camps continue to open and close in the next week, the rosters are being released and yes, a few RedHawks, or in some cases, former RedHakws, are included. Even if camps have already been completed, I’ll keep updating the list of names as I come across more of the rosters. Enjoy!
(F) Nathan Davis-, 6’1, 193, Rocky River, Ohio (2005 Draft, 113th Overall)
(F) Justin Mercier- 5’11, 190, Erie, Pennsylvania (2005 Draft, 168th Overall)
Columbus Blue Jackets
(D) Will Weber- 6’4, 205, Gaylord, Michigan (2007 Draft, 53rd Overall)
Los Angeles Kings
(D) Alec Martinez- 6’0, 188, Rochester Hills, Michigan (2007 Draft, 95th Overall)
(G) Jeff Zatkoff- 6’1, 180, Chesterfield, Michigan (2006 Draft, 74th Overall)
(F) Brian Kaufman- 6’4, 205, Shoreview, Minnesota (Invitee)
(D) Mitch Ganzak- 5’11, 205, Redford, Michigan (Invitee)
St. Louis Blues
(G) Charlie Effinger- 6’1, 190, Belleville, Illinois (Invitee)