After recording 16 and 12 points in each of his first two seasons, Alec Martinez’s third campaign with the Los Angeles Kings wasn’t as promising as the Rochester Hills, Michigan native was only able to muster one goal and four assists in 27 games during the lockout-shortened season of 2013. But the Kings and their fans are hoping Martinez still has plenty in the tank entering 2013-14.
The 6’1, 206-pounder contributed some good to the Kings last season. Defensively, Alec Martinez was sound as he blocked a total of 31 shots during the regular season while dishing out 31 hits along the way.
While they did use Martinez as a healthy scratch more often last year, the Los Angeles Kings still showed faith in the 26-year-old as he averaged 16:22 of ice time last season.
Unfortunately, Alec Martinez’s postseason wasn’t anything more to write home about than the regular season was.
Last spring, Martinez’s average ice dropped to 13:14 per game while appeared in only seven games where he contributed with two assists and a subpar -4 rating – two points worse than his -2 total during the regular season.
If anything positive comes from Alec Martinez’s game, it’s proving how well the Los Angeles Kings organization have developed their prospects. Upon being drafted by the Kings 95th overall in 2007, few (if any) believe Alec Martinez would ever get a sniff on the NHL much less becoming a mainstay.
Fortunately for Martinez, the Kings were patient with him and after three years in the AHL with Manchester, the Miami-Ohio alum was ready for the big club and contributed nicely to his team’s success which includes the all-too-aforementioned Stanley Cup win 2012.
As encouraging as his saga is, however, the question is whether Alec Martinez can restore any of his magic (assuming it’s appropriate to call whatever he offers “magic”). If he can, then the Kings will have yet another piece of their talented defensive unit to gloat about. If he can’t, then Alec Martinez may be on his way out of Los Angeles either this coming season or next summer.
He may be eye candy to a lot of female Kings fan but unfortunately, Alec Martinez will need a lot more than that if he hopes to remain a King.