"As an athlete or really anything, any person in general no matter what they do, I think you constantly try to improve," Martinez said. "From management on, ever since I've been here, I think this is my seventh, eighth year with the organization, they do a good job of helping you develop as a player. Working on things both on and off the ice whether it's in the weight room or working on things on the ice you know all the fundamentals we work on all the time. We've got a heck of a development staff that work with us a lot."
Thoughtful and well-spoken, Martinez said part of the learning curve isn't just the nuts and bolts of playing the game but adjusting to the mental challenges.
"One of the biggest things that I've learned since I turned pro; beforehand, sometimes it's hard when hockey's the only thing you do. When I played in college I always had class and I had things to get my mind off the game. It's important to be able to step away and step back and kind of look at the bigger picture sometimes. During breaks, the Olympics break, it gives you an opportunity to get away from the game a little bit mentally and then kind of refocus and sit back and reflect. I think that's definitely a part of it," the 26-year-old said.
"There's a time and a place, playoffs probably isn't the best place. If you're reflecting then it means that you didn't do a good enough job. As a player, you've got to be able to learn to step back and take a big-picture look at things. I think self-evaluation is important. You can't get too hard on yourself but you also can't get too full of yourself."
So, what does Martinez do to step away, hit the reset button?
Well, friends, family, skeet shooting.
You know, the normal stuff.
"I think it's different for every guy. Every guy's got a maybe a hobby or something he can do to free your mind," Martinez said. "I don't mean to sound like a hippie or anything, I don't mean that, but I think anything that occupies your time that you enjoy. For me whether it's hanging out with friends and family or doing activities, shooting skeet, if you really want to get your anger out, or go to the batting cages.
"I've done that stuff. But it's not a regular hobby it's not like, 'Oh I'm having a tough day I'm going to go shoot guns.' It's not that at all," he quickly added.
Still, being self-aware is obviously crucial to not just Martinez's development but that of Muzzin and Voynov, who have combined for seven goals and 13 assists thus far in the playoffs.
"I think it's important to be able to do that. It's definitely a learning experience, especially for young guys, it's part of figuring it out I think. Here I am saying this acting like I have it all figured out and I really do not. I've been around for a few years but I'm still learning," Martinez said.
Still learning, still growing, hmmmm, sounds just like this Kings team.