Martindale catching Oilers’ attention

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:41 PM ET

OTTAWA — Oilers draft pick Ryan Martindale likes what he sees when he watches the Oilers.

And the Oilers like what they see when they watch him.

The 2010 draft pick is tearing up the OHL in scoring, tied for fifth with 40 points in his first 27 games.

“It’s exciting to come here and watch and see how the process goes down,” said the Ottawa 67 centre, who took in Monday’s game. “These are what my goals and hopes are.”

He sees the kids in Edmonton’s lineup adjusting well and pictures himself here someday, too.

“Definitely. I know Taylor Hall very well,” he said. “I played with him growing up. Seeing him out there is definitely exciting, it gives me hope that I can get out there in the near future, hopefully.

Martindale, a 6-3, 182 pounder, is going pretty good for a guy selected 61st overall.

“I think it’s a big confidence thing, coming in and being a veteran in the league,” he said. “I set my goals really high this year after being drafted.”

He was hoping for a World Junior camp invitation that didn’t come. Oilers prospects Olivier Roy and Curtis Hamilton did get golden tickets, but not Martindale.

“It was definitely a goal of mine,” he said. “But it’s really out of my control. There’s so many different factors why they didn’t choose me but I think I’ll just use that as motivation to pick up my pace and keep getting better.”

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