Role: 4th line grinder
Contract Status: UFA on July 1st
Notables: 26 years old, 5-11, 185 lbs, Right handed shot
Total Season Stats (RCH, WOR & WBS): 43 games played, 5G, 4A, -3, 27 PIM
WBS Season Stats: 22 games played, 2G, 3A, -1, 6 PIM
Playoff Stats: 11 games played, 0G, 0A, -3, 8 PIM
I debated on whether or not to write up a review on David Marshall's season since he came on board later in the year, but with a long off-season here it goes. Be sure to rate Marshall's performance this season and comment below.
Marshall first cracked an AHL lineup with the Rochester Americans in late November, playing in nine games and registering two goals. In the middle of December he was a part of the Worcester Sharks, a team he would play for about a month. In 12 games with the Sharks, Marshall rang up a goal and an assist.
It wasn't until February 11th that Marshall made his Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins debut. In his third game with the Pens, Marshall scored a goal and an assist in the 7-1 rout of the Hershey Bears. He had another two point night against the Bears on April 9th. He was held scoreless during the playoffs with a limited role on the Pens 4th line.
He reminds me a little bit of Joe Vitale when Vitale came to the WBS Penguins out of college: a smaller, hard-working forward who isn't afraid to drop the gloves and stick up for his teammates. Marshall wasn't a bad option as a 4th line guy who you know would bring his energy and effort into every shift. Although he wasn't scoring goals with his limited ice time, Marshall was never afraid to lay out a hit on the forecheck or take a big hit in order to move the puck up ice.
I'm not certain that Marshall has a future with the Penguins organization. With Paul Thompson, Brian Gibbons and Tom Kuhnhackl signed on entry-level contracts along with Nick Petersen, the Pens may opt to add more seasoned AHL veterans to fill out the roster up front. We'll have to wait and see where Marshall ends up.