Marincin notched his first goal as a Maple Leaf in Saturday's win over the Sabres. He now has three points in four games this week. He's also plus-6 in that same span. Marincin has long been an advanced stats darling, but had often failed the eye test. This week, Marincin has taken a step forward in the eyes of his coach and fantasy owners alike. His upside may not be huge, but he could be a solid number five defender.
Marincin has played in 31 games this season and is yet to record a point. Marincin struggles to contain quick forwards who break down the wing and try to cut to the net. So, that means his ice time will remain limited and his fantasy value low.
Marincin was praised after Saturday's game by coach Mike Babcock, who said the defender "had his best game (Saturday)," reports the Toronto Sun. Marincin played 16 minutes and had two hits and two blocked shots. He doesn't have any points so far this season (13 games), but is playing a dependable brand of hockey in Babcock's system (when he dresses). Marincin should be in the lineup Monday when his Leafs take on his former team, the Oilers, and we expect he'll be eager to show his old team they made a mistake trading him.
Martin Marincin returned to practice Monday, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.
Martin Marincin left Friday's exhibition against the Red Wings with a facial laceration, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports.
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