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Meet Sabres prospect Brycen Martin

Current Team: Everett Silvertips

Position: Defense

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 198 lbs.

Stats: Six goals, 37 points in 66 CHL games

Drafted: 3rd round (74th overall) in 2014 draft by Buffalo

Resume: Martin has the opportunity to make the full-time jump from juniors to the AHL this season now that he's turned 20.

"The goal is to get stronger, get faster and prove that I deserve to be there," Martin said. "I'm going to work hard this summer."

He got a taste of what it takes to play professionally in the 2014-15 season, when he played two games with the Rochester Americans on a tryout following the conclusion of his junior season. He was a minus two and failed to get a point.

"That was a huge eyeopener," Martin said. "I didn't realize how quick and big the guys were and how far I was from being on that level."

There isn't anything particular he's focusing on when it comes to preparing. He knows he'll need to improve in every facet to excel.

"You can't think about it too much," Martin said. "You have to go out there, stick to your strengths and you have to work on your weaknesses. They're fully grown men. You just have to get strong."

How would you describe your game?

"I'm a little bit in between. In Everett, we didn't produce that much offense. I kind of had the chance to work on my defensive game and work on some defensive skills. I'm trying to make the transition to a two-way defenseman just so it's easier for them to put me on the ice, rather then put me on for offensive faceoffs and pull me off for defensive faceoffs. I don't want to be that guy. I want to be a guy that can be relied upon."

What player do you model your game after?

"I try to model my game after an Alex Pietrangelo type of player. If I can amount to even one tenth of as good as he is I think I'll be pretty well off. I just try to take bits and pieces. I watch him a lot and watch his tendencies."

What is your greatest hockey accomplishment?

"It's a pretty special moment getting drafted. Some people will be upset that they didn't go higher, but at the end of the day a team wanted you and wanted to put the time into you."

What are your goals for this season?

"I've only got one: make Rochester. We'll go from there."

Why do you wear No. 5?

"They handed it to me upon arrival. If I had a chance I'd wear No. 14, but if I wanted to be a Sabre, that's not allowed."

What’s something you like to do off the ice?

"I like to get out to the lake and go to movies."

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