CATCHING UP WITH...BRYCEN MARTINJan 30, 2013 - 07:12 MST
Written By: Watts, Jesse
When the Swift Current Broncos selected defenceman Brycen Martin with the second overall pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, they knew they were getting a potential future cornerstone player for the Club.
The talented rearguard from Calgary, AB, has all the tools to be a complete and dominant force on the blue line for the Broncos over the next few years. A very strong, smooth skater with outstanding passing ability and a calm, cool head, Martin is most at home on the power play, creating scoring chances and moving the puck quickly and effectively. Yet, Martin also boasts good size and excellent awareness which will serve him well in his own zone.
Now more than halfway through his first full season in Swift Current, Martin has already begun to assert himself on the ice and turn heads among his team mates and coaches. The 6’1”, 181-lb blue liner has 16 points, including 15 assists, through his first 45 WHL contests while eating up plenty of ice time for a 16-year-old rookie. He also enjoyed a spectacular performance for Team Pacific in the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, posting nine points in six games to lead all defencemen in tournament scoring.
His efforts have helped the Broncos to a much better showing this season than they had last year as they are firmly in the playoff mix and within striking distance of a top-4 finish in the Eastern Conference.
CATCHING UP WITH…BRYCEN MARTIN
On his first season in the WHL…
“It’s definitely been an adjustment. The game is so much faster up here and the size and physicality of the players is a lot different. There are a lot more things to worry about with responsibilities that everyone has to take in their roles. I feel that, with the more ice time that the coaches are trusting me with, it has helped me a lot already. Coming from Midget, you only get 32 games, but at this level you have to get used to play a lot more, too.”
On his Broncos’ team mates making the adjustment easier…
“Definitely guys like Reece Scarlett, Adam Lowry and Richard Nedomlel have helped me out. The entire leadership group on this team has been absolutely amazing with me. It’s helped me out quite a bit in getting used to things.”
On the Broncos’ improvements this season…
“We’ve been buying into our systems really well lately, and it’s helped us out a lot. Our defence has been playing very good and our goaltending has been great, so we’ve been managing to keep the puck out of the net. We’re always looking to get better and tighter so we can keep the good results coming.”
On learning from veteran Adam Lowry…
“Definitely, he shows you that anything is possible. His 21-game point streak was pretty ridiculous. He’s been such a good leader in our room, and has shown me what I’m going to have to be like when I’m 19 years old. He has really been welcoming to me and helped me a lot in getting used to the team and the League. It’s been a treat to play with a guy like that.”
On his experience with Team Pacific…
“It was my second time representing Canada, and it’s just as special the second time around. I was pretty comfortable with the guys on the team and we had fun out there. I was happy with my game. I played a lot and managed to put up some good numbers, but I also have to credit my team mates with helping me have the success I did. We didn’t get the result we wanted, but it was a very memorable experience.”