I found Patrick Maroon when he was matriculating toward the NHL. On a lazy Sunday afternoon while looking for minor league all-stars, he caught my eye. He was big, had good hands and foot speed was an issue.
Patrick Maroon is a big guy. Massive forward (6.04, 225) has some offensive ability and looks like he might be ready for NHL action at age 24. He went 75, 32-42-74 with Syracuse last season and the Anaheim Ducks may look to him this coming season. My question is this: why wouldn’t the Oilers overpay for a guy who had survived through to the AHL, instead of taking a long shot draft pick and waiting 5 years to find out? It is such a crazy slot in the order–big, tough, mean prick who can do things around the net and take plus make a pass. Even if you overpay, it’s worth getting a guy who has a good chance to make it. Right? Source
What I noticed about him (over time) was his consistent improvement. Maroon finally made it to the NHL and keeps on improving. No matter what happens from now through the end of this decade, Patrick Maroon as Oiler is going to be a fantastic story. (I Might Be Wrong).
PATRICK MAROON 2016-17
- 5×5 points per 60: 1.82 (3rd among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 1.96 (8th among regular forwards)
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 53.3
- Corsi Rel 5×5 %: +3.9
- DFF Elite 5×5 %: 54.1
- DFF Elite Rel 5×5 %: +6.4 (36 percent of TOI v. elites)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 178 shots/15.2%
- Boxcars: 81, 27-15-42
- (All numbers via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com and hockey-reference)
- Special thanks to GMoney and Woodguy for sharing the DFF’s
- RE 16-17: 72gp, 12-15-27 0.375
- Actual 16-17: 81gp, 27-15-42 0.519
- That was awesome! Yes, it could not have worked out better for Maroon and the Oilers. A terrific season with substantial even-strength production.
- What were his even-strength numbers? He posted 24-12-36 at evens, 24-11-35 at 5×5. Tremendous season, those 24 goals at 5×5 rank him No. 1 on the Oilers and No. 5 across the entire league.
- What about power play? He did not get 1PP time (although playing over 150 minutes on a busy 2PP) but he did score three goals with the man advantage.
- That shooting percentage stands out. Yes, it does. He shot 8.7 percent in Anaheim and has been 16.1 since arriving in Edmonton.
- Will that go down? Obvious answer is yes but he is playing with McDavid so there is no clear answer to this question. Some of his goals were tap-ins.
- Could he score 30? Well I didn’t count but if you add up all the 10-bell chances McDavid set up that didn’t cash? He might have had 35 or more.
- Will Lucic take the job back? I think most of us think this season will light a fire under Lucic’s ass (say that five times in a row) but Maroon has some things that give him the advantage.
- Like? He is faster and more mobile.
- Anything else? Suspect Maroon is the first 97 winger to use ‘less is more’ as a mantra and just head to the net with his stick on the ice. Seems a few wingers still have some learning to do.
- Did McDavid perform well with Maroon? Yes. He was 2.88/60 scoring at 5×5 and had a Corsi for 5×5 of 52.9 with Maroon. Without? He was 2.90 and 52.9.
- The contract is amazing. Yes! Plus Anaheim has to pay $500,000 of the $2 million!
- Just one year left though. Yeah, but I don’t think it is going to be a major worry. Maroon will get a raise, and maybe too much term, but there is no big contract available in Edmonton. He might get more elsewhere but the opportunity to win in Edmonton is here and now. That has lots of appeal.
- How was he in the playoffs? Went 13, 3-5-8. Good production, although that line struggled to equal regular-season production.
- Will 17-18 be his last season with the Oilers? I don’t think so. Maroon is 29 and has scored 35 goals in 97 regular-season games with Edmonton. That is good production.
- No one on the horizon to take his place? He bested Lucic for the job and Todd McLellan abandoned Pouliot as an option (despite some nice numbers) all season. The best LW prospect in the system is Tyler Benson and he can’t stay healthy. Unless they convert the Nuge and run three C’s on that line I think Maroon owns it until his production falters.
- Lucic can’t win it back? Maroon is faster and has chem. I like his chances there.
- Is this Chiarelli’s best trade? No, I would go with Talbot but this might be the highest return on value given.
- What? Talbot’s price was a bunch of picks. Worthwhile, but one day those picks will have their own NHL careers and we may see things differently in full bloom. Maroon’s cost was minimal.
- Your little note from years ago turned out to be true. Still true today. Shoot the moon at the draft, pick prospects who have a chance to be high skill.
- Is that what Chiarelli is doing? Yes, I would say so. The second-round pick (Benson) has a complete skill set but plenty of offense. With the Oilers unlikely to draft inside the top 10 in the coming years (not impossible but unlikely) I think we will see high skill chosen in Round 1 this summer.
- Back to Maroon. Does his role change next season? No, not in my view. The Oilers have something that clearly works, and if they falter Todd McLellan can always shake things up. Maroon’s size, digging ability and good hands make him a solid option for McDavid’s line. The fact they have chem makes it even better.
- You like these salvage types, don’t you? Oh yes, one of the early players of this type I discovered was Larry Mavety. I cheered for him all down the line and was pleased to see him carve out a fine WHA career. Maroon had many natural gifts and was also blessed with a work ethic and enough aptitude to learn his trade. There’s a tremendous amount to respect about this player.
- Is he one of the Oilers’ insiders? I don’t understand.
- Is he part of the group destined to be here for the good times? These are the good times.
- You never struck me as a quitter. Good grief. If the Oilers win in the next three seasons, I bet he will be here. How is that?
- Why this song? Lots of reasons. It’s a guitar song, Maroon is a guitar player. I love the imagery for Maroon (“I could have sworn I saw a light coming on”) and the title serves as a reminder to all those scouts now working in a dull career who didn’t see the progress that was so clearly there all along.