The Slovakian defenceman, who joined in the summer from Basingstoke Bison, has been a key part of the Bees set-up so far in both attack and at the back.
Indeed, with 10 goals to his name already this year - including two in the comeback win against Peterborough Phantoms last weekend - he has already surpassed the total scored by the entire defence in 2011/12.
Along with his goals, he has provided plenty of assists and added a cutting edge to the powerplay unit with his fearsome slapshot.
"Marcel is the player we didn't have last season," Smital told the News. "He's got a big shot and can score from anywhere, we didn't have that and it makes a huge difference if you have someone who can score big goals, especially if they are a defender."
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