Martinez Found His Scoring Touch with Vegas

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 13: Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez (23) during a NHL game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the St. Louis Blues on March 13, 2021, at Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images),

After stumbling in his last two seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, Alec Martinez has found his scoring touch again with the Vegas Golden Knights. After being acquired last February by the Kings for (2) second round picks, Martinez who looked to be on the downswing of his career with the aging club had found a new breath of life under the bright lights of Vegas.

Joining Vegas for his final 10 games of the season, he quickly matched his point production from the previous 41 with the Kings. From there he has taken off again, playing more like the two time Stanley Cup Champion Martinez of 2014-2018. This season alone, he is currently on track to have a career best 0.57 points per game. This would top his current best which was during the 2016-17 season where he picked up 39 points over the full 82 game season, good for 0.48 points per game.

For both Alec Martinez and the Vegas Golden Knights, the trade has paid big dividends. For Martinez it provided a kickstart to rebounding his career and for Vegas it provided an added jolt of offense from the defense behind Shea Theodore who currently leads the team in points with 26. Martinez trails Theodore by 7 points overall and is tied with him for first on the defense side with 5 goals each. 45 points from the two without accounting for the addition of Alex Pietrangelo, or contributions from the remaining defenseman (38 total points combined among Pietrangelo, Nicolas Hague, Dylan Coghlan, Zach Whitecloud, Brayden McNabb and Nick Holden ) has provided a significant offensive threat from the blueline night in and night out.

Not only is Martinez’s offensive abilities a tremendous upgrade for the blueline, but his veteran presence has added additional depth and experience of Stanley Cup pedigree to a team that right out of the gate has been a perennial Stanley Cup contender. With having cup champions like Martinez, Pietrangelo, and Marc-Andre Fleury protecting the back end of the ice, their experiences will be immeasurable during the season when the page turns towards the Stanley Cup run.

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