John Marino

Pittsburgh Penguins
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Fantasy Summary

Project defender who continues to improve his overall game and will likely be brought along slowly.

Fantasy Upside 4.0
NHL Certainty 2.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth May 21, 1997
Height 6‘2”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 6; Overall: 154


August 2019 – Marino signed a two-year, entry-level contract. Although the two-way deal is worth an AAV of $1.775 million at the NHL level, his pay drops to $70,000 for any games played in the minors. A low-risk, low-reward acquisition and signing, the 22-year-old can expect to be in the minors for all or most of the deal. By signing Edmonton’s 2015 sixth-round selection, the Penguins surrender their 2021 sixth-round pick to the Oilers as a condition of their recent trade. Mark Allan

July 2019 – Edmonton’s sixth-round pick in 2015 was acquired for a conditional 2021 sixth-round draft pick. If Pittsburgh signs him or trades his rights, the Oilers would get Pittsburgh‘s 2021 sixth-round pick. The 22-year-old right-shot blueliner played 30 games in 2018-19 for Harvard University of the ECAC Conference, posting three goals and eight assists. The 6-1, 181-pounder has totaled seven goals and 35 assists in 101 games. Not known for gaudy stats, the native of Brockton, Mass., nonetheless made the NCAA All-Ivy League Second Team in 2016-17 when the Crimson earned an ECAC championship. Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford describes the former one-season USHL player as a mobile defenseman who plays with an edge. He’s a low-risk depth addition who, due to Pittsburgh’s cap crunch and a need for more development, will likely spend a fourth campaign with Harvard, where he’s expected to be the captain. Mark Allan

March 2019 – It has been another solid, yet uneventful season for the young defender. Marino has produced 11 points in 29 games for Harvard this season and although his 0.38 points per game is his worst pace in the three years he’s been in university (compared to 0.45 and then 0.49), offence has never been his forte. He plays in Harvard’s top-four and is often paired with more offensively consistent defender Reilly Walsh. Marino was drafted as a late round project prospect and will continue to be a project for the near future. Jameson Ewasiuk

June 2018 – Marino has just completed his second season at Harvard University and had a season that statistically mirrored his freshman year. Last season he recorded two goals and 16 points in 33 games compared to the two goals and 15 points in 33 games the season prior. Marino will not be at the Oilers’ development camp this week and is slated to return to Harvard this season. Marino possesses good size with an offensive flare and his overall defensive game continues to show improvement. Once the young defender’s NCAA career is completed, he will likely need further seasoning in the AHL. Jameson Ewasiuk

March 2017 – The offensive defenseman plays for the University of Harvard. Marino has been playing top minutes so far this year as a freshman and he’s only getting better. In more recent news, Marino helped guide Harvard University to its first Beanpot tournament win since 1993. Marino ended the game with an assist.

Going into his draft year, there were some knocks on his defensive game. While it still needs improvement, Marino has taken a big stride towards becoming better in his own zone. Spencer Pomoty



 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2006-2007 Montréal Ice Storm Brick Invitational 5 1 2 3 4 |          
 2011-2012 Latvia Selects U15 WSI U15 6 0 1 1 0 |          
 2012-2013 South Shore Kings EJHL 37 3 31 34 12 | Playoffs 6 0 3 3
  South Shore Kings EmJHL 39 4 31 35 12 |          
 2013-2014 South Shore Kings 18U USPHL 18U 12 1 4 5 12 |          
  South Shore Kings USPHL Premier 34 6 11 17 16 | Playoffs 5 0 2 2
 2014-2015 Team Red USA-S17 5 0 3 3 - |          
  South Shore Kings USPHL Premier 49 4 24 28 42 | Playoffs 5 0 2 2
 2015-2016 Tri-City Storm USHL 56 5 25 30 43 | Playoffs 11 0 2 2
  USA U19 WJAC-19 5 0 2 2 2 |          
 2016-2017 Harvard Univ. NCAA 35 2 13 15 24 |          
 2017-2018 Harvard Univ. NCAA 33 2 14 16 10 |          
 2018-2019 Harvard Univ. NCAA 33 3 8 11 20 |          
 2019-2020 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL - - - - - |