Matt Martin
Matt Martin
30-Year-Old Left WingLW
New York Islanders
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After two seasons with the Maple Leafs, Martin returned to the Islanders to record six goals and 14 points in 67 games last year. While those are decent offensive totals for Martin, he generally creates his fantasy value by contributing in the "dirty" categories. However, now 30 years old, the hard-nosed vet isn't quite the same player he once was. He recorded 275 hits, 42 blocked shots and 53 PIM in 2018-19, but just two seasons ago, Martin posted 300 hits and a whopping 123 PIM. Due to his age, expectations should be lowered for Martin in the hits and PIM categories ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, but he's still a viable asset for owners searching for help in those areas. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Maple Leafs in July of 2016.
Healthy scratch once again
LWNew York Islanders
October 14, 2019
Martin was a healthy scratch Monday versus the Blues, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Coach Barry Trotz has been critical of Martin's play, and that had led to his being a healthy scratch in back-to-back games. It may take a little bit for Martin to get back into the lineup, as the Islanders have won both games without him.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Martin arrived back on the Island in a trade on July 3. His skills were largely wasted in Toronto in 2017-18. The Leafs relied heavily on speed and skill, and they just didn't need Martin to ride shotgun to protect Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Wee Willie Nylander. But Martin faces a stiff battle in New York. The Isles are especially deep on the left wing with Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Leo Komarov and Anthony Beauvillier. But Martin is ready for the fight. He might even return to 100 PIM again. Those things still count in fantasy, so Martin will have relevance as long as he has a full-time role.
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.
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Not playing his game
LWNew York Islanders
October 11, 2019
Martin has yet to find his game this season, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
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Has night off
LWNew York Islanders
September 17, 2019
Martin didn't play in the second half of the Islanders' home-and-home preseason series with the Flyers.
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Scores empty-netter
LWNew York Islanders
April 6, 2019
Martin potted his sixth goal of the season into an empty net as the Islanders defeated the Capitals 3-0 on Saturday.
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Tagging back in
LWNew York Islanders
March 9, 2019
Martin (upper body) is expected to return Saturday for a home clash against the Flyers, Brian Compton of reports.
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Expected to miss Thursday's tilt
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Upper Body
March 7, 2019
Martin (upper body) is slated to sit out against the Senators on Thursday, per Andrew Gross of Newsday.
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