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Next review, #24, Radek Martinek

By John Panarese

Martinek played only 16 games this season, totaling 2 goals and an assist for 3 points and a -1 rating. Unfortunately, a knee injury cut his season short in November, which has seemed to be a recurring theme for him ever since he entered the NHL. I don’t think he has played a full season or over 60 games in a season since he joined the Isles.

Martinek is a very solid defenseman who has been quite impressive when he has been able to get his game going. In both the defensive and offensive aspects of his game, he has been an asset, but, again, his problem has been his inability to stay healthy. I can only give him a C for this season because of having not even played 20 percent of the total games for the season.

It is going to be interesting to see what his future holds on Long Island. Undoubtedly, Radek can be a force on the back line and, if he can remain healthy, can challenge for a spot on the roster. However, with the young talent coming along and the potential for free agent acquisitions, I don’t know if he has a definite place among the final 7 who will make the team next season.