Future Watch: John Marino Rookie Hockey Cards, Penguins – John Marino was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers with the 154th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. He got on the radar playing in the USHL, as so many college players have done over the years.
In his 2015-16 season with the Tri-City Storm, he had 30 points in 56 games and his team won the Clark Cup. This 6-1, offensive defenseman then committed to Harvard and started his career there to see if he can keep his winning ways going.
In 2016-17, he had 15 points in 35 games. A good first year in an improving ECAC conference. Harvard was the ECAC champion and he was voted on the All-Ivy Second Team. His teammate, Adam Fox (Rangers), was the top defenseman on the team.
In 2017-18, he had 16 points. He had been passed over for every important tournament that Team USA played in and yet the North Easton, Massachusetts native continues to plug away.
He was finally picked to play in the World Junior-A tournament and he had 2 points in five games in 2019. He walked away from that with a bronze medal. His point total dropped in 2018-19, that was just an off-year, but the Penguins still traded for him giving up a condition sixth-round pick after Marino told the Oilers he had no intentions of signing there.
Collectors can get his Upper Deck Young Guns rookie card in 2019-20 Series 2 Hockey. So far that’s the only set he’s in but he will surely be included in future releases this season.
Here’s a look at his first NHL goal:
Marino made the Penguins out of training camp for the 2019-20 season. In his first 56 games, he had 26 points with six goals. Some thought he came out of nowhere but this proves he was somewhere all along and now he has caught the eye of collectors and hockey fans everywhere.
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