The Edmonton Oilers sure have had an active draft week. That continued on Saturday when they sent defenseman Martin Marincin to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a fourth round pick and prospect Brad Ross.
Marincin played in 41 games with the Oilers last season where he had five points. He is a former second round pick from the 2010 entry draft. He also spent plenty of time over the past three seasons with the Oilers then AHL team the Oklahoma City Barons.
He is a restricted free agent, but this is similar to the deal the Colorado Avalanche made with the Boston Bruins for Carl Soderberg. They signed him to a five year deal the next day, and it should be expected the Maple Leafs will extend the young defenseman.
Edmonton acquired Griffin Reinhart, a young defenseman from the New York Islanders, during the first round of the draft on Friday night, making Marincin expendable.
Ross, going to Edmonton, played this past season in the ECHL with the Orlando Solar Bears. He also spent time in the American Hockey League with the Toronto Marlies, and will likely start this next season with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors.
Ross had a history of PED use in the AHL, so it will be interesting to see him get a fresh start with Bakersfield. He played in ten games for the Solar Bears in 2014-2015, picking up 11 points in ten games. He played in 32 games with the Marlies where he had eight points in 32 games and 45 penalty minutes.
The Oilers traded the pick to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Eric Gryba, who is now added to Edmonton’s defense mix. Gryba, 27 years old, had 12 assists in 75 games. Over his career he has 29 points in 165 games. He is a former third round selection of the Senators.
Out of that deal, Ottawa also acquired forward Travis Ewanyk. Ewanyk had eight points in 69 games with the Barons last season but also a whopping 120 penalty minutes. The former Edmonton Oil King was a third round pick in 2011 and is expected to be a part of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators next season.
Ottawa used the pick to select defenseman Christian Wolanian out of Muskegon.
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