His career with the Kings had only lasted four uneventful games before this past season. When the 2010-11 campaign began, Alec Martinez was in Manchester where he had played the previous season and it wasn't expected that he would be called up to Los Angeles anytime soon.
However, plans had changed on, while on an eastern road trip in November, the Kings called up the 24-year-old Martinez where he scored in his first game at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Luckily for Matinez, this call-up was for good as he spent the remainder of the season in Los Angeles.
A native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Martinez was drafted 95th overall by the Kings in 2007 and moved on to to play parts of three seasons with Manchester Monarchs before wrapping up his collegiate career at Miami of Ohio in 2008. When he first played for the Kings in 2009-10, it wasn't anything to write home about as he failed to record a single point in four games with the big club.
This past season, though, Martinez joined the Kings and stuck with them, playing 60 regular-season games, scoring five goals and 11 assists for 16 points and a +11 rating. Martinez then went on to help out playing in all six playoff games registering an assist along the way.
This season, Martinez registered 74 shots and 69 hits but logged a fair amount of ice time by averaging just over 15 minutes per game. One of Martinez's five goals on the season was a power-play marker, which is a little promising considering how horrendous the Kings' power play turned out in the latter part of 2010-11.
Alec Martinez may not be front-and-center on the back end like Jack Johnson and Drew Doughty are but his defensive abilities make him a staple on the Kings blueline, similar to Rob Scuderi.
Entering this summer, Martinez is one of the fairly long list of restricted free agents that Dean Lombardi and company must attend to. I would love to Martinez get rewarded with a new contract because 2010-11 was a breakout year of sorts for the defenseman and he is already proving what a nice fit he is to this club. It's only logical that Alec Martinez would be back with the Kings next season. Don't you agree?