As if it wasn’t already good enough that Chris Martenet and his London Knights were headed to the MasterCard Memorial Cup, it was announced on Wednesday that the Dallas Stars signed the big defenceman to a three-year entry-level contract.
The 19-year-old Martenet was taken in the fourth round of the 2015 draft – 103rd overall by the Stars and will have an impact on the Stars lineup down the road. He’s a six-foot-seven blueliner that weighs in at just over 200 pounds – and loves to play the physical game.
In two seasons with the OHL’s Knights, Martenet has 28 points (10g-18a) in 131 regular season games. He also brings 28 OHL playoff games to the table and will now have the chance to increase his experience with the 2016 Memorial Cup tournament.
He brings a lot to the table being an agile skater for a player of his size. While he’s not offensively inclined like his new Stars’ colleague John Klingberg, he does have a powerful shot and knows how to clear the puck with a strong first pass.
Martenet should make for a good top two pairing and will be a tough, defensive-minded NHL defenceman when he does make the jump to the big leagues.
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.