27-Year-Old Left Wing – Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Martin Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Maple Leafs in July of 2016.
Martin will play the role of protector, not enforcer, this season with the Leafs, reports the Toronto Sun. The team is being transparent about his role.
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Martin, alongside Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas, helps form the toughest and arguably best fourth line in all of hockey. The 26-year-old plays with a serious mean streak and a buffet of offensive skills that often take a backseat to his insistence on roughing up opponents. Martin generated eight goals and six assists in 78 games last season while racking up a league-high 382 hits, which was 75 more than the next non-Islander. He also racked up 114 penalty minutes, which led the team. Though his impact doesn’t usually show up in the scoring column of the stat sheet, Martin provides plenty of value as a hockey player. With that being said, his fantasy impact is limited to his hit totals and penalty minutes accrued.
Martin's only value for fantasy owners is if you're in a league that has hits as a category. He is constantly one of the league leaders and has no problem throwing his body around. Martin realizes physicality is the only way he will remain on an NHL roster as he has yet to finish a season with double-digit goals.
Martin's value to the Islanders is simple: he will hit anything that moves. If you're in a league with hits as a category then he is someone generally places in the top five in hits. One of the reasons the Islanders looked to acquire Cal Clutterbuck is that they feel he's the same kind of player as Martin. Martin can also contribute a handful of goals, but scoring is not his game.
Martin is yet another third or fourth line player with which the Isles seem to be loaded. He will score a goal from time to time but could also be pushed for playing time by some of the Isles' top prospects, who are getting closer and closer to being NHL ready. Martin is worth a look in leagues that reward hits, as he led the NHL with 374 last season to go with 121 penalty minutes and 14 points.
Martin's first full season with the Islanders in 2010-11 was hardly a breakout success as he had only five goals and 14 points. Still, he can be a useful player as his 147 PIMs show he is not afraid to throw his body around. The problem, however, is that the Isles seem to have quite a few players with his skills and it's hard to know which one will stand out to the coaches and begin the season with the team. It's a safe bet that Martin will see quite a few games with the Isles this season.
The kind of player most teams would like on their squad. A hard worker who will do what it takes to get the job done. Question is, can he score enough goals to force the Isles to keep him on their roster. He won't start the season with the team, but will be called up once injuries hit.
The Islanders need size and toughness at forward and Martin has a decent chance to fill that role for the team in a year or two. He has also shown a bit of offensive ability in the OHL, so the Islanders are hoping he can develop quickly in the AHL.