Terry Murray Update on Alec Martinez

Before the Kings left on their just completed five-game road trip coach Terry Murray provided some initial comments about Alec Martinez.

He had only played six games with the team at that point and knowing it can sometimes take time for a young defenseman to adjust to the NHL, Murray pointed out he was improving each game and specifically liked his “body positioning and low play” compared to last season.

Now with an expanded body of work since we last spoke, I asked Murray for some additional thoughts on Martinez after practice today…

“We really like what Alec has brought and how his game has evolved here from the time that I first saw him two years ago. He came to training camp this year and had a good camp. He does a lot of good things and it was very noticeable actually throughout the exhibition games. He went down to Manchester (AHL) with the right attitude and was arguably their best player down there, putting up a lot of points and doing everything a player needs to do to develop his game.

“Since he’s come up we’ve liked everything he’s doing – his attitude, his work ethic, etc. When he’s sitting in individual review he’s asking a lot of questions, talking about his game. The part that has always been the achilles heel with him is he gets a little down on himself after making some kind of a mistake. He really takes on that responsibility and has a tough time bouncing back.

“He’s getting through that though. He’s maturing and we’re seeing a pretty complete player who’s only going to get better as a young guy.”

When Matt Greene returns (probably 12/26) and Willie Mitchell makes it back into the line-up, the Kings will be faced with some tough decisions. Murray has previously said he doesn’t want to play seven guys on D in a game.

So, that leaves one spot and three bodies – Martinez, along with Davis Drewiske and Peter Harrold (both of whom would have to clear waivers before being assigned to Manchester – a highly unlikely scenario). It’s something to keep an eye on in the weeks ahead.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/Mayor119
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor  


RELATED ARTICLES

10 Tidbits on Alec Martinez

10 Tidbits on Willie Mitchell

Whiskey in the Morning – comments from Davis Drewiske

.

Recent Articles

Kings 2017 NHL ASG

AEG Executive Explains Kings Landing 2017 NHL All Star Game

Recently, we provided several details about some of the Kings’ upcoming plans for next season, which will be their 50th in the NHL. Part of the fun being worked on includes a two-game Frozen Fury weekend in Las Vegas, a new grey jersey, and the 2017 NHL All Star Game.
Earlier today, commissioner Gary Bettman made […]

KlausBurkhart.com

Clifford Shares Some Thoughts on AHL Conditioning Assignment

A few weeks ago, AHL President and CEO Dave Andrews sat down with MayorsManor to discuss a myriad of league topics. Among the information shared was the fact the San Diego Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks new AHL affiliate, was exceeding expectations at the box office. Sitting second in league attendance, with an average of 8.658 […]

Major News Items

Forbort Derek - copyright MayorsManor

Kings 2015-16 Early Season Prospect Rankings: No. 3, 4, and 5

After a drawn out process that has lasted much longer than we originally anticipated (and, yes, we apologize and thank you for your patience), we are inching closer to wrapping up our early season look at the LA Kings … [Read More...]

More Prospect News