Month: September 2016

Jersey Devils Prospect System Improving

Jersey Devils pic

Jersey Devils
Image: devils.ice.nhl.com

Kevin Martoken has served as a fund accountant with Grassi & Co. in New York City since 2013, following prior roles at Ryan Associates and the Avenue Capital Group. When he is not working, Kevin Martoken follows New York metro area professional sports and is a fan of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

After years of dwelling in the NHL cellar in terms of their farm system, it appears the New Jersey Devils are now reaping the rewards of general manager Ray Shero’s recent efforts to invest in its crop of prospects.

With Michael McLeod, Pavel Zacha, and top goaltender prospect Mackenzie Blackwood leading the pack, the Devils have acquired top-caliber farm talent. While the team still has some needs on the defensive end, it’s developmental focus has been evident–so much so, in fact, that the team was recently ranked 19th by ESPN analyst Corey Pronman in his annual review each team’s prospect rankings.

The Devils are up seven spots from last year, when they were ranked 26th by Pronman. In addition to the team’s current prospects, the Devils also possess 17 draft picks over the next two years that will no doubt bolster those ranks. The position the team now finds itself in is a direct reflection on Shero’s work in his attempts to turn the team around.

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Two Great Restaurants to Try in Venice

Osteria Boccadoro pic

Osteria Boccadoro
Image: tripadvisor.com

With more than 15 years of experience in the finance industry, Kevin Martoken currently serves as a private equity professional with Grassi & Co. in New York City. In his leisure time, Kevin Martoken enjoys traveling and has visited various destinations throughout Italy, including Venice.

For many, one of the best parts of traveling abroad to any country is the opportunity to partake in local cuisine. This is no exception in Venice, which boasts many well-reviewed fine dining establishments. Listed below are two restaurants in Venice that are worth a visit when taking a tour of the city of canals.

For authentic Venetian pasta and seafood, Osteria Boccadoro is an excellent choice. Nestled away from the high-traffic tourists areas, the restaurant is situated in a quaint Venetian square that offers a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the city proper. The restaurant specializes in traditional Venetian dishes that feature fresh fish, from-scratch pasta, and locally sourced ingredients. In addition, it boasts a well-stocked wine cellar and an on-site sommelier to help pair the perfect wine with your meal.

On the other end of the spectrum, Paradiso Perduto is a lively and upbeat restaurant near the Jewish Ghetto that specializes in wine and simple finger foods; some nights, patrons can be found dancing to in-house jazz bands. A more traditional restaurant experience is available as well, for those who would like to sit down and dine. The venue offers standard Venetian cuisine, which features large portions of fried fish and homemade pasta tossed in succulent fish sauces.