Photo: HC Dalen
Next up in our annual prospect review and forecast series is Krsitian Røykås-Marthinsen, left-winger for HC Dalen of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). (You can access all of our Capitals Prospect Reports and player analysis on our “Prospects” page right here.)
Røykås-Marthinsen, a 6’-0”, 192lb left-winger from Lorenskog, Norway, was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the seventh round (#217 overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old spent last season playing for HC Dalen in the SHL and the season prior with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. He remains unsigned by the Capitals.
Roykas-Marthinsen played two seasons in the Almtuna IS Swedish league, primarily in the Under 20 League, but with occasional appearances for them in the Swedish 1 League.
During the 2018-19 season, he played for the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he was a teammate of fellow Caps draftee, Eric Florchuk. He scored 13 goals and earned 16 assists in 2018-19. He also contributed one goal and two assists in 10 playoff games this post season.
2019-2020 MONTH-BY-MONTH RECAP AND TREND ANALYSIS
The following month-by-month breakdown is an aggregation of our monthly prospect reports prepared during the 2019-2020 season. You can find all of our weekly and monthly prospect reports on our “Prospects” page in the top menu.
The Norwegian seventh-round pick from 2017 left the WHL and Saskatoon Blades, with whom he spent last season, and returned to Sweden for 2019-20. Røykås Marthinsen wasn’t offered an extension as an overage player in Saskatoon, and therefore looked over his alternatives. The choice eventually landed him on the Swedish Division 1 team, HC Dalen, in the third league of Swedish hockey. The season’s start hasn’t been the best for the winger, who after 12 games has produced a total of two points (one goal and one assist). However, patience should be preached with a transition from leagues.
Walfridsson’s team Södertälje SK has struggled a lot during November, and so has the fifth-round pick in the points department, producing only one assist during the month, albeit as a defensive defenseman. Walfridsson is averaging 17:42 minutes per game and has won a solid spot in the lineup, night after night. The continuous playing time is something positive though, and this season is looking like it could be Walfridsson’s first full as a pro player.
Røykås Marthinsen has a total of seven points (two goals, five assists) for a poorly-performing HC Dalen in the third-tier of Swedish hockey. Even though one really couldn’t expect it going in to the season, the Norwegian’s chances of earning a NHL deal is becoming very unlikely given the development this season.
While Røykås-Marthinsen’s HC Dalen has upped their game after the Christmas holiday, the same can’t really be said about the young left wing. The transition from junior hockey has proven quite tough for the Norwegian winger, who so far has produced a total of 10 points in 33 games at a rather low level of Swedish hockey.
Røykås Marthinsen’s HC Dalen’s season has ended. The Norwegian left wing ended the season with a total of 12 points in 40 games, which must be viewed as a rather weak performance. After recording decent numbers in the Canadian Hockey League, it was expected Røykås Marthinsen would at least record offensive numbers to a decent extent entering senior hockey. He has another year on his deal with Dalen, maybe next year will be better, but don’t expect him to be a Mats Zuccarello-type player.
Roykas-Marthinsen was not offered a new contract with the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL for the 2019-2020 season, so he returned to Sweden. After beginning the season HC Dalen JC20 Elite, he was promoted to the Division 1 team. He recorded seven goals and five assists in 40 games played with the Division 1 team.
Roykas-Marthinsen will return to HC Dalen for the 2020-2021 season. He will need to increase his scoring this coming season, if he wants to come back across the pond for the 2021-2022 season.
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By Jon Sorensen