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BEN MARSHALL
Ben Marshall
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 5’9” / 179 lbs.
Birthdate: August 30, 1992
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Acquired: Detroit’s seventh choice (201st overall) in the 2010 draft
CSS Ranking: Not Ranked
Contract: None (must sign by August 15, 2015)
RWC Says: Puck-Moving Defenseman

STORIES

AWARDS
None Listed

HISTORY
2009-10:
  • Selected 13th overall by Omaha in the off-season USHL futures draft.
  • Enjoyed an outstanding Grade 11 year at Mahtomedi high school in Minnesota (23-18-30-48).
  • Finished third on his team in scoring and just 12 points behind first-rounder Nick Bjugstad.
  • Committed to play collegiately with the Minnesota Golden Gophers starting in 2011-12.
  • Slipped from 201st in Central Scouting’s mid-term ranking to off the charts at season’s end.
  • Selected in the seventh round (201st overall) in the NHL draft by the Red Wings.
2010-11:
  • Broke his wrist at the Red Wings’ development camp in July but recovered in time for the season.
  • Represented the United States at the Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament in August.
  • Played in USHL with Omaha and had tremendous year (56-11-22-33).
  • Finished sixth among all USHL defensemen in scoring and second in shots with 142.
  • Also had a plus-20, tied for 10th in the USHL.
  • Appeared in all three of Omaha’s playoff games (3-0-1-1).
2011-12:
  • Joined powerful Minnesota squad for freshman NCAA campaign (41-4-9-13, 79 shots).
  • Finished with a plus-13 rating, including plus-5 in college debut, fifth among Minnesota blueliners.
  • Also finished third on team in blocked shots with 49.
  • Helped Golden Gophers to 20-8 WCHA record and an appearance at the Frozen Four.
2012-13:
  • Returned to powerful Minnesota (26-9-5) for sophomore NCAA season.
  • Struggled to stay in lineup early on, bouncing between defense and forward positions.
  • Established himself as top-four defenseman in second half with his excellent play.
  • Finished second on team to Nate Schmidt in defense scoring (40-8-11-19, 73 SOG, plus-8).
  • Produced seven points on power play, second to Schmidt among defensemen.
  • Also had 45 blocked shots, third on team.
  • Second-ranked Minnesota was upset by eventual finalist Yale in NCAA first round.
2013-14:
  • Returned to Minnesota for his junior season (39-3-15-18, plus-8, 79 shots).
  • Finished second among defensemen in team scoring behind sophomore Mike Reilly.
  • Also led team in two categories: blocked shots (66) and PIMs (56).
  • Missed one game as a scratch and another game due to suspension for multiple game misconducts.
  • Helped Minnesota advance to the Frozen Four where it lost to Union, the eventual champs.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s real dynamic, an excellent skater, a good stickhandler and a good shooter. He’s one of those guys who just takes the puck and goes … It’s his skating, his competitiveness and the way he makes plays. He competes, he wants to score goals, he wants to win games and he has that energy about him on the ice.” — Red Wings scout David Kolb (June 2010) … “When he’s got the puck he’s like Phil Housley. He sees the ice, runs the power play. One-on-one he blows past people. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles the next level.” — Central Souting scout Jack Barzee (June 2010).

STRENGTHS
Outstanding wheels … Dynamic offensively … Loves to rush the puck but makes a good first pass, too … Great puck skills … Hard shot … Offense-first mentality … Knows how to quarterback a power play … Great vision and playmaking ability … Competitive and energetic … Impressive offensive skills could make him an interesting forward project if defense doesn’t work out.

WEAKNESSES
Extremely small for a defenseman, even in today’s game … Needs to show he won’t be a defensive liability … Needs to use good judgment with his offensive pinches.

PROJECTION
The Red Wings drafted Marshall in the hopes he might become a skilled offensive defenseman and he’s made gradual progress at Minnesota. Although he’s a solid college player, he didn’t break through offensively quite as much as hoped as a junior in 2013-14 and will look to produce more as a senior in 2014-15. The Red Wings have until August 2015 to sign him.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Mahtomedi High USHS 25 19 27 46 - |          
 2009-2010 Mahtomedi High USHS 23 18 30 48 40 | Playoffs 6 2 10 12 10 
 2010-2011 Omaha Lancers USHL 56 11 21 32 34 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
 2011-2012 Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 41 4 9 13 31 |          
 2012-2013 Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 40 8 11 19 20 |          
 2013-2014 Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 39 3 15 18 56 |          

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