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Future Watch: Ryan Martindale

Ottawa 67s centre Ryan Martindale recaps a successful 2010-11 season & more

Thursday, 21.04.2011 / 11:00 AM / Future Watch
By Ryan Dittrick  - edmontonoilers.com
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Future Watch: Ryan Martindale
Ryan Martindale (right) notched 34 goals & 83 points during the 2010-11 season (Photo by Getty Images).

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Like many young hockey players, 19-year-old Ryan Martindale began his career under humble circumstances. Growing up in a hockey-devoted family in Scarborough, Ontario, Martindale’s calling arose through an innocent request.

"I started playing at age four with my neighbours who had two older kids," he recalled. "I saw them outside playing road hockey one day and I told my dad I wanted to play. He signed me up the very next year."

14 years later, Martindale’s name was announced at Staples Center by the Edmonton Oilers, 61st overall in 2010, instantly propelling the young centre into the NHL.

"It was an exciting time," he said. "It's such an historic franchise with such a great history of winning, and so many great players have come through there. To be a part of that organization and to be drafted into the National Hockey League was so exciting and something I'll never forget."

The 2009-10 season was Martindale’s third in the OHL, where he was able to produce 19 goals and 60 points in 61 games. He upped his totals once again in 2010-11, accumulating 34 goals and 83 points in 65 games.

"I think I had a good year. There are always ups and downs, but my teammates helped me get through those hard periods and overall I thought I had a good year and I'm happy with the way things turned out."

Edmonton’s off-season goal in 2010 was to continue to stockpile resources at centre. In doing so, acquiring size was also a priority; assets the 6’3" 182 pound Martindale possesses.

"With my size, I like to throw the body around sometimes and use that to my advantage at both ends of the ice," he said. "I need to keep going and work off-ice to build strength and fill out my body; continuing to build strength, speed and all the necessary assets."

Strength is important, but so too is the requirement for growth in other areas.

"It's a different game at the NHL level and to be able to play that, you need to be a good, complete playe," Martindale said. "I want to continue to build and develop in all areas so I can become that player soon."

As he eagerly works to improve his overall game, Martindale continues to stress the importance of his reliable, two-way play. Such an improvement was drastically recorded in 2010-11 when he registered a career-high plus-38 rating.

In 2009-10 -- a season in which his Ottawa 67s were atop the OHL’s Eastern Conference standings -- Martindale’s rating was a much lower, although still respectable, plus-two.

"I've got good skill and good vision of the ice," he explained. "At the same time, I take a lot of pride in the defensive zone and being a strong, two-way player."

"Coming into [the OHL], you learn quick that the defensive side is a very important part of the game. My coaches in Ottawa really helped me build a strong defensive game and take great importance in that. I've really come to grow and improve in that end and I take a lot of pride in being good in both areas."

His vastly improved numbers were clear defensively, but his scoring contributions also mirrored a change in his approach on the attack. His 41 assists were an excellent contribution in 2010-11, but a career-high was recorded in another, equally as important scoring category.

Martindale’s 34 goals surpassed his career-best of 23 during the 2008-09 season in Ottawa -- a remarkable increase, no doubt, but the dynamic centre believes the rise has been due to the growth and maturation process, and not an alteration in style.

"I have a good ability to score, but at the same time, whatever play is best, I'll make that," Martindale said. "If another guy on my team has a better opportunity to score, then I'll definitely give him the puck over shooting it. I’m a blend between a goal-scorer and a playmaker."

Helping to develop that skill was Ryan’s father, Jim, who played goal for a number of Ontario-based teams, including the OHL’s Toronto Marlboros in 1980-81.

"It certainly helped me out in the aspect of what to do offensively when shooting on goalies," Martindale said. "He used to strap on the pads and I used to shoot on him. He would tell me all the techniques of the goalies and where to shoot and what to look for in certain areas."

"He was a great guide and he really helped me out when I broke into the OHL."

Martindale’s hockey sense and goal-scoring ability has been tuned throughout his career in Ottawa, but his recent summer-time endeavor at Oilers Development Camp helped spark a new mission. His skill has never been doubted, but there have been question marks regarding his overall work ethic as he looks to carve an NHL career.

"You really learn how much effort is required to play at the NHL level; how hard you have to work and what you need to do to be successful," Martindale said of the camp experiences. "Coming from that and going into the summer, I trained really hard and tried to build on all aspects of my game."

With one summer in the Oilers organization already considered a success, the next will be critical to his development and potential future in Edmonton.

Martindale appears ready for the impending challenge.

"I want to continue to grow overall as a player. I'm going to put in a lot of work both on and off the ice to improve all aspects of my game. I'm going to take all the advice I can from the Edmonton organization to try and put that into my off-season training, so that when I come into camp, I've improved a lot over the summer."

Author: Ryan Dittrick | edmontonoilers.com

 
2010-11 OILERS PROSPECT STATS (REGULAR SEASON)

Forwards
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
Cameron Abney   19 60 7 13 20 -3 72 Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
mark arcobello
22 21 9 7 16 E 2 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (AHL)
Alexander Bumagin   23 39 6 5 11 -10 24 Novokuznetsk (KHL)
Philippe Cornet   20 55 6 11 17 +2 8 Oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Drew Czerwonka   18 68 13 30 43 +9 78 kootenay ice (WHL)
Robby Dee   23 36 13 22 32 N/A 26 university of maine (h-east)
Jesse Gimblett * 26 43 13 9 22 +2 98 stockton thunder (echl)
Alexandre Giroux 
29 66 30 41 71 -5 61 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Curtis Hamilton   19 62 26 56 82 +48 22 saskatoon blades (whl)
Teemu Hartikainen  *
20 66 17 25 42 -1 27 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kellen Jones   20 38 8 14 22 E 33 quinnipiac university (ecac)
Milan Kytnar   21 73 10 12 22 -1 33 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Anton Lander   19 49 11 15 26 -14 38 timra ik (sel)
Matt Marquardt   23 62 5 7 12 -10 20 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan Martindale   18 65 34 49 83 +38 28 ottawa 67's (ohl)
Colin McDonald   26 75 34 14 48 -7 59 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Brad Moran   31 75 20 47 67 -4 36 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan O'Marra *
23 53 2 20 22 +9 49 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Linus Omark  *
24 26 14 17 31 +7 32 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ben Ondrus   28 75 6 13 19 -10 68 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kristians Pelss   18 63 14 19 33 +11 29 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Tyler Pitlick   19 56 27 35 62 +4 31 medicine hat tigets (whl)
Toni Rajala   19 44 9 13 22 -3 4 ilves tampere (fnl)
Liam Reddox *
24 37 18 15 33 +14 16 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Gregory Stewart   24 69 6 9 15 -11 104 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Chris VandeVelde *
23 67 12 4 16 -17 45 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Defencemen
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
KEVIN MONTGOMERY
22 62 3 21 24 +1 42 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jordan Bendfeld   22 35 2 4 6 +5 112 stockton thunder (echl)
Kyle Bigos   21 33 2 6 8 E 127 merrimack college (h-east)
Jeremie Blain   18 40 2 35 37 +17 48 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)
Taylor Chorney *
23 46 3 13 16 E 22 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Brandon Davidson   19 72 8 43 51 -5 71 regina pats (whl)
Troy Hesketh   19 29 0 1 1 -12 32 sioux city musketeers (ushl)
Martin Marincin   18 67 14 42 56 -12 65 prince george cougars (whl)
Johan Motin *
21 34 1 3 4 -7 30 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Richard Petiot
28 61 0 14 14 +10 46 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jeff Petry *
23 41 7 17 24 -6 18 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Alex Plante
21 68 1 14 15 +4 122 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Goalies
Name Age GP W L T SO GAA PCT Team
Tyler Bunz   18 56 35 13 8 3 2.47 .919 medicine hat tigers (whl)
Jeff Deslauriers   26 31 13 13 4 0 3.13 .898 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Martin Gerber
36 41 20 15 4 4 2.51 .914 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Bryan Pitton *
22 34 18 10 4 0 2.90 .901 stockton thunder (echl)
Olivier Roy   19 45 29 13 2 2 2.79 .911 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)

 
2010-11 OILERS PROSPECT STATS (PLAYOFFS)

Forwards
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
Cameron Abney   19 4 1 0 1 -2 6 Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
mark arcobello
22 4 1 1 2 E 0 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (AHL)
Alexander Bumagin   23 - - - - - - Novokuznetsk (KHL)
Philippe Cornet   20 0 0 0 0 0 0 Oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Drew Czerwonka   18 5 0 2 2 E 0 kootenay ice (WHL)
Robby Dee   23 - - - - - - university of maine (h-east)
Jesse Gimblett 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (AHL)
Alexandre Giroux 
29 4 1 1 2 +1 2 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Curtis Hamilton   19 0 0 0 0 0 0 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (AHL)
Teemu Hartikainen 
20 4 0 1 1 E 2 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kellen Jones   20 - - - - - - quinnipiac university (ecac)
Milan Kytnar   21 1 0 0 0 0 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Anton Lander   19 - - - - - - timra ik (sel)
Matt Marquardt   23 0 0 0 0 0 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan Martindale   18 4 3 2 5 -3 2 ottawa 67's (ohl)
Colin McDonald   26 4 1 1 2 +1 6 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Brad Moran   31 4 1 1 2 E 2 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan O'Marra
23 4 0 2 2 E 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Linus Omark 
24 4 1 2 3 +2 4 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ben Ondrus   28 4 1 1 2 +3 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kristians Pelss   18 4 0 2 2 -1 6 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Tyler Pitlick   19 0 0 0 0 0 0 medicine hat tigets (whl)
Toni Rajala   19 - - - - - - ilves tampere (fnl)
Liam Reddox *
24 - - - - - - oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Gregory Stewart   24 4 0 2 2 +1 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Chris VandeVelde
23 4 1 0 1 +2 4 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Defencemen
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
KEVIN MONTGOMERY
22 2 0 0 0 E 2 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jordan Bendfeld   22 4 0 1 1 N/A 2 stockton thunder (echl)
Kyle Bigos   21 - - - - - - merrimack college (h-east)
Jeremie Blain   18 4 2 2 4 -5 4 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)
Taylor Chorney *
23 - - - - - - oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Brandon Davidson   19 0 0 0 0 0 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Troy Hesketh   19 - - - - - - sioux city musketeers (ushl)
Martin Marincin   18 0 0 0 0 0 0 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Johan Motin
21 1 0 1 1 N/A 0 stockton thunder (echl)
Richard Petiot
28 4 0 0 0 E 4 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jeff Petry
23 4 0 1 1 +2 2 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Alex Plante
21 3 0 0 0 +1 8 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Goalies
Name Age GP W L T SO GAA PCT Team
Tyler Bunz   18 6 4 2 0 1 2.03 .938 medicine hat tigers (whl)
Jeff Deslauriers   26 1 0 1 0 0 9.00 .500 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Martin Gerber
36 4 2 1 0 1 1.65 .942 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Bryan Pitton *
22 1 0 1 0 0 9.00 .750 STOCKTON THUNDER (ECHL)
Olivier Roy   19 3 0 2 0 0 6.88 .739 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)

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