Martinez signs

Alec Martinez, a fourth-round draft pick last year, has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings. He’s an under-the-radar prospect, but the Kings are quietly optimistic about his potential and view him as a future NHL defenseman. Martinez, 20, just completed his junior season at Miami of Ohio. Here’s the press release from the Kings…

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KINGS SIGN DEFENSEMAN ALEC MARTINEZ TO A MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT

KINGS’ FOURTH-ROUND CHOICE IN THE 2007 NHL ENTRY DRAFT AGREES TO A THREE-YEAR ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with defenseman Alec Martinez, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Martinez was the club’s fourth-round selection (95th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

Martinez, 20, recently finished his junior season with Miami University (Ohio) where he recorded 32 points (9-23=32) and 42 penalty minutes in 42 games. He also this past season earned CCHA All Tournament honors; was named the CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman; led all CCHA defensemen in goals and points; and was fourth among all CCHA defensemen in assists while his 32 points and his 23 assists were personal highs.

The 6-1, 207-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, compiled 67 points (21-46=67) and 113 penalty minutes in 123 career games during his three collegiate seasons. During the 2004-05 season, Martinez played for Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League, where in 58 games he recorded 21 points (10-11=21) and 30 penalty minutes.

Since April 1, the Kings have signed defenseman Davis Drewiske (free agent, University of Wisconsin); goalie Jeff Zatkoff (third-round, 2006); forward Oscar Moller (second-round, 2007); forward Bud Holloway (third-round, 86th overall) and Martinez.

The Kings also enter the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with 15 total selections over seven rounds – including the second overall selection. In total, the Kings have two selections in the first round, three in the second round and three in the third round. The 2008 Draft takes place in Ottawa from June 20-21.

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  • anthony

    Another one?

  • petey

    Yes Anthony, another one.

  • joe

    this kid was Miami Ohio’s Mike Green. I still think he’ll need a year or two in manchester though. But damn with all these Dmen in manchester it just seems logical that one or two aside from Harrold are gonna play with the Kings next season. but awesome signing, sucks for Miami Ohio losing two of their top 5 players to the kings this offseason.

  • Anonymous

    If memory serves, they traded up to draft this guy. Not shocking that they like him a lot.

  • psycho

    hmmmmm… all the d-men in Manchester, 15 total picks in the upcoming draft … a need for an established defencemen … a “selfish,” money-hungry, unhappy forward who wants the respect before he earns it … sounds like some dealing is gonna go down my friends!

    let the games begin!!

    Cammy, a 2nd or a 3rd round pick and a prospect for an “established” solid defencemen, under 30 who will tattoo the Kings emblem on any Duck (or any other team for that matter!) forward’s face without hesitation and simply because its fun to do!

  • diehrdkingsfan38

    Whats wrong with you Anthony, you said you want to see some kids being called up, is this not a way for some kids to be called up? I thought so. Who’s gonna replace guys like Blake, Dallman, Klemn, and some other defensemen? Who? No a Cammy trade is not an option. Even if we did for an accomplished defensemen, that fits one whole, who fits the other 1 or potentially 2.

  • Anonymous

    this is for Tony since he likes to make comments without looking things up first. Got this info from another website listing out all the Kings contracts. It didn’t look like it was updated with the signings this past week, but I think it does a good enough job of giving a ballpark figure. For ’08-’09, the Kings have signed contracts for 34 of their 50 SPCs. Overall they have 81 of 90 players max in the system.

    This doesn’t count RFAs and the team’s UFAs needs but there is plenty of room for DL to work with as far as the SPCs go.

    However, it’ll be interesting to see what he does as far the total max players in the system considering we have people to sign and 14 draft picks coming up.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t count your chicks before they hatch. The NHL is a totally different ball game. It takes several years for a player to develope at this leverl and become a force on the ice. Especially if you are a defenseman.

    Roger

  • BobMillersHair

    I like the idea of trading Cammy.
    I think he is a great player and I followed his career before he made as a King but he is going to be a pain in the ass to sign.

    How about:
    Cammy
    Hickey
    & King’s 2nd 1st round selection (#22nd pick from Dallas)

    For:
    Lightening’s #1 pick (Stamkos)

    Giving the Kings the top 2 picks in the draft.
    I know it wouldn’t happen but as a GM what would you give up to give your team the possibility to have the top 2 picks.

  • BBanzai

    If DL can trade cammy and a 1st for a top 5 pick in this draft, im all for it. I like Cammy, But his contract is up after this season so if he gets his stats up next season(which healthy he prob will) he really is going to be hard to resign(considering his arbitration!) and most likely have to trade him at the deadline or earlier or lose him for nothing next summer.

  • anthony

    BobmillersHair:

    I can live with that trade.
    You can even throw in Armstrong.

  • Vilela

    Do you guys remember that Hickey was the 4th overall pick last year?
    A 1st this year, our 1st of last year’s draft and Cammy for Stamkos?
    Is this kid this damn good? (yes, I know he’s outstanding, but all that for him?)

  • SuperSonic420

    Expect one more signing very soon. D-man T.J. Fast finished his last season in junior and will most likely be headed to Manch next season as well.

  • BobMillersHair

    Vilela:
    Dude….knowing how good they are now, what would you have given for Ovechkin or Malkin…? Not saying Stamkos will be as good as these guys but the draft is often times a gamble. Plus the Dallas 1st rounder is like a high 2nd so your not losing much. You replace Hickey with the Kings 1st rounder. And I think that the up coming forwards from Manchester can put up equivalent numberd that Cammy did last year.

    Shoot you can have another former 1st rounder, I will also throw in Laurie Tukanen. And …..