28-Year-Old Defenseman – Los Angeles Kings
Alec Martinez Contract Information:
Signed a six-year, $24 extension with the Kings in December of 2014.
Martinez (undisclosed) didn't skate with the team during Thursday's practice, LA Kings Insider reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Martinez really picked up his game as the season wore on, picking up points in 14 of his last 17 games after recording just a lone assist in his first 29 games. And he carried that into the postseason where he netted the series' winners in both the Conference and Stanley Cup Finals. He's going to need to shoot more if he wants to crack double digits again as his 13.9 percent shooting percentage is awfully high for a blueliner. He should top his point total from last year if he can smooth out the dips, but look for his goal production to gravitate back to the norm along with his shooting percentage.
Martinez has struggled to bring his offensive talent to the NHL level and has been surpassed by both Jake Muzzin and Slava Voynov now. He's still a very valuable piece on the Kings' back end, but Muzzin and Voynov's progress may limit his ice time going forward.
Martinez was paired with Matt Greene for most of the season on the team's bottom pairing on the backend, chipping in a dozen points (six goals, six assists) in 51 games. He has the ability to man the point on the top power play if something were to happen to Drew Doughty, but for now will see limited time on the team's second unit. He could be a sneaky source of points in an expanded role, but figures to see most of his time on the team's third pair again this year.
Martinez was a regular presence on the Kings' blue line last year and responded with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in his rookie campaign. He won't get enough power-play time with Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson around to warrant much value in most formats.
Martinez spent the bulk of his season at the AHL, registering 30 points in 55 games for Manchester. The Kings are loaded with defensemen and Martinez doesn't really do anything to stand out among the crowd. He'll see some time with the Kings when injuries dictate again this year but doesn't bring much to the table from a fantasy perspective.
Martinez is a smooth skating defensemen who needs to add a little bulk to play in the NHL. He posted 23 points (8 G, 15 A) in 72 games in his first season as a pro in the AHL. He'll spend most of the season in the AHL but could see time in LA when injuries dictate.