Spencer Martin

Colorado Avalanche
image courtesy of Rampage Central

Fantasy Summary

Starter potential but surpassed on the depth chart


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country CAN
Position G
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 8, 1995
Height 6‘2”
Weight 198 lbs
Drafted 2013 Round 3; Overall: 63

Observations

February 2019 – Martin knew he would have to battle for the crease when the Avs signed KHL standout Francouz, and he has lost the battle. He has appeared in 18 games this season so far (nearly half the starters’ total), and his .905 SV% is sub-par to his counterpart’s 0.915%. Martin has officially been surpassed on the depth chart by someone with a proven track record and higher upside, so don’t expect him to be handed any chances with the Avs. Time to upgrade if he’s stashed on your fantasy prospect bench. Hayden Soboleski

 

May 2018 – After a strong start to the season, Martin (and the rest of the Rampage) struggled for most of the year. Due to extended time as an unused NHL backup due to injuries, he got only 34 starts in the AHL. Possibly due to not consistently playing, his save percentage took a tumble down to 0.893. The circumstances were unfortunate and unavoidable given how much time Varlamov and Bernier missed combined, but nevertheless this was not a good development year for Martin, who needs more AHL seasoning. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2017 – Martin has been named the AHL Player-of-the-Week after stopping 73-of-74 shots in two games. He is having another strong year and is up to a 6-3-0 record with a 0.913 SV%. If this keeps up, he may be in contention for an NHL backup job next year. Hayden Soboleski September 2017 – As expected, Martin has been assigned to the AHL for the season, where he will be the undisputed #1 goalie and hopefully improves his numbers with another year of 50+ starts. Hayden Soboleski August 2017 – Martin’s fantasy stock has risen now that he is the organization’s only goaltending prospect with any NHL aspirations now that Pickard is in Vegas. He has also been handed the AHL reigns – his tandem partner Smith signed elsewhere and no replacement has been brought in. Martin finished the season with 50 AHL starts, which is impressive enough to forgive his 0.904 SV% (also hurt by his terrible team). The expectation will be that he continues to carry the load in San Antonio while improving his stats lines. Hayden Soboleski January 2017 – Varlamov has been shut down for the season, so Martin will remain with the Avalanch until further notice. He has two starts under his belt so far, which haven’t gone well. He’s certainly being thrown into the deep end with the current state of the Avs. Hayden Soboleski January 2017 – As a groin injury troubles Varlamov, Martin has been called up to the Avalanche. He will serve as the backup but should receive a start or two as a reward for his fantastic AHL play. Hayden Soboleski January 2017 – Martin has been named as an AHL All Star. The goaltender is having a stellar year, seizing 23 starts so far (battling with the capable, experienced alternative Jeremy Smith) and posting a 0.920 SV% on a squad who have been losing defence to injury throughout the season. Though a long ways off with a lot of work to do, Martin may be the goalie of the future for the Avs. Hayden Soboleski December 2016 – Martin has been called-up to the Avs while Varlamov recooperates from a groin injury. He will serves as the backup to Pickard, but could earn the occasional start if Pickard doesn’t step up his game. Unfortunately, earning starts for the Avalanche right now is fantasy irrelevant other than in the category of straight up number of saves. Martin has been very successful in his first season as a full-time AHL starting goalie, posting a .924 SV% in 18 games so far behind a struggling team. Hayden Soboleski October 2016 – Spencer Martin will start the 2016-17 seaon in the AHL and be given every opportunity to be the number one goaltender in San Antonio. The Rampage have a solid 1B in place in Smith, so the big question will be how many starts Martin can handle. He remains the top goaltender in the system now that Pickard has been permanently promoted, but is still years away from a serious NHL tryout. Hayden Soboleski March 2016 – Martin has now split his season between the AHL and the ECHL, acting as the starter in whichever league has the spot for him. He holds a strong .921 SV% in 18 AHL games along with a surpringly (shockingly) low .882 SV% in the ECHL. With Pickard likely to graduate to a full time NHL backup role somewhere next year, Martin will be the frontrunner for the AHL full time starter position. Hayden Soboleski November 2015 – While Pickard is called-up by the Avalanche (until Varlamov is healthy), Martin will be playing with the San Antonio Rampage. He posted a 46-save win in his first AHL game. Hayden Soboleski October 2015 – Martin has been assigned to the Fort Wayne Komets to start the 2015-16 season, where he will be the starting goalie. Management believe that being a full time starter in Fort Wayne will serve Martin better than being a backup goalie to Pickard in the AHL. Hayden Soboleski May 2015 – Martin assumed the role of starting goaltender for Mississauga for the 2014-15 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. In 31 games he went 15-13-1 with a 2.98 GAA and 0.921. His torn ACL and meniscus should be fully healed in time for Av’s training camp next season, where he will try to earn a spot in the AHL. Martin has all the tools to become an effective major league goalie, but his young age and the crowded crease in Colorado may cause delays. Hayden Soboleski October 2014 – Goaltender Spencer Martin has been named to the OHL’s roster for the upcoming Subway® Super Series on November 13th and 17th in Peterborough and Kingston, respectively. Brendan Ross April 2014 – After being eliminated from OHL playoff action, Spencer Martin has been recalled by the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters. Martin was a pure workhorse with the Steelheads in 2013-14 appearing in 64 of 68 games. He continues to show the ability to make game saving stops in critical moments of the game and his arrival in Lake Erie will give him a taste of professional hockey. Martin finished with a 24-33-1-0 record. His 3.54 GAA, .899 save percentage were all lower than his 2012-13 statistics but he did record his first career shutout and added three of them in total. Brendan Ross November 2013 – Spencer Martin is a tall slender goaltender, and he takes advantage of that. Martin plays with great confidence, playing high in the crease and challenging shooters, he has great vision, and plays the angles like a pro, his glove is always high and extremely quick. Martin is a butterfly goalie and takes away the bottom of the net; he is strong laterally and has a great initial push from side to side, and excellent recovery. One issue Martin has had is his mental recovery; he tends to have a long memory when things don’t go his way.


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2010-2011 Toronto Jr. Canadi. Mn Mdgt AAA GTMMHL 50 2.27 - |        
  Team Ontario CWG 4 3.10 .868 |        
  Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL 0 - - |        
 2011-2012 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 15 3.98 .885 |        
  Canada Ontario U17 WHC-17 5 1.95 .931 |        
  Canada U18 WJC-18 0 - - |        
 2012-2013 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 46 3.02 .906 | Playoffs 2 6.01 .804
  Canada U18 WJC-18 2 1.00 .941 |        
 2013-2014 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 64 3.54 .899 | Playoffs 4 3.99 .901
 2014-2015 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 31 2.98 .921 |        
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 4.00 .846 |        
 2015-2016 San Antonio Rampage AHL 18 2.65 .921 |        
  Fort Wayne Komets ECHL 20 3.23 .878 | Playoffs 1 6.87 .688
 2016-2017 Colorado Avalanche NHL 3 4.35 .865 |        
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 50 2.90 .904 |        
 2017-2018 Colorado Avalanche NHL 0 - - |        
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 34 3.10 .893 |        
 2018-2019 Colorado Eagles AHL 23 3.40 .902 |        

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