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News: 1 day agoMartinez (foot) is skating with the Golden Knights' first group at training camp Thursday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Spin: Martinez played through a broken foot in the playoffs, while still piling up six points and 72 blocked shots in 19 postseason games. The group he skated with Thursday consisted of most of what's expected to be the Golden Knights' top-six on defense. At this point, there's no reason to think the 34-year-old blueliner will miss any time to start the season.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: If you're looking to bulk up on blocked shots, Martinez is your man. His 168 blocked shots in 53 games last season were 40 clear of second-place Adam Larsson, as the 34-year-old Vegas blueliner puts his mix of adept positioning and fearlessness on display on a nightly basis. Martinez has also found a new gear offensively since joining the Golden Knights at the 2020 trade deadline, posting 40 points in 63 games with the team despite never reaching the 40-point mark in any of his 11 seasons with the Kings. The offense is at risk of drying up given Martinez's historical lack thereof, but he should continue to deliver rock-solid results in his own zone. He played through a broken foot in the playoffs but is expected to be ready for the beginning of the season.