|Written by Russ Bitely|
March 2013 – Maroon continues to stick around and be a good option when the Ducks need to insert a rough body onto a lower line. He is logging top line minutes in the AHL which gives him lots of opportunities to work on his overall game. These minutes may suffer as juniors like Richard Rackell, Joseph Cramarossa and Charles Sarault finish their seasons and migrate to the AHL, but their talent may inject life into Norfolk’s and Maroon’s offence once again as quality center men are needed in the minor league level of Anaheim’s system. Jason Banks
July 2012 – Unfortunately the Ducks recently signed Daniel Winnik to a substantial contract for a third or fourth liner. This has taken a regular roster spot away from Maroon, but can still be an extra on the roster. He also signed a one season pact, but it is a two way deal with a health term should he be assigned back to the AHL. This may mean Maroon has to prove last season’s jump in production was not a fluke but more a sign of what he can provide at the NHL level. With his size, he could be a good power forward that opens room for line-mates, rather than producing himself. Jason Banks
May 2012 – Took a large step forward this season and has likely played himself into a bottom six job with Anaheim next season. He finished with 74 points in 75 games but this production is unlikely to carry over to the NHL. It’s his gritty, agitating ways Anaheim will value more than what he can do with his stick. He will be a solid upgrade from Rod Pelley. Jason Banks
February 2012 – Maroon is a big guy with a nice set of hands that uses his body to his advantage in protecting puck and creating scoring opportunities. Now in the Ducks system, he has developed fairly well in his fourth season in the AHL now in Syracuse. Currently at a point-per-game pace for the Crunch. Questions of a problem with his coach in the Philadelphia organization is some cause for concern - he was suspended from the team until traded to the Ducks organization.
Maroon has got the size and silky mitts for a big guy, but needs to improve on his defensive play.
Maroon dropping the gloves in AHL this season vs. Tom Sestito on 11/1/2011:
Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR's released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):
2008 Fantasy Prospects Report:
Remember how the NHL had to change the rules regarding the Calder Trophy after a 31-year-old Russian won it? Taylor Hall probably wishes a similar rule was in place in the OHL. The 16-year-old phenom compared in Bugg Bytes to a young Guy Lafleur lost OHL ROTY honors to 19-year-old Patrick Maroon. To be fair, Maroon probably deserved it. In 64 games, the 2007 sixth-round selection potted 55 assists and 90 points for the London Knights. Despite being 6'5 and a poor skater, Maroon is as skilled as they come. It'll be a long while yet before he hits the NHL (four years or more), but it'll be worth the wait.
2009 Fantasy Prospects Report:
Scouts – both real, as well as the wannabes – continue to point to his skating and conditioning as two reasons why he will never forge a successful hockey career. And Maroon keeps pointing to the scoreboard and laughing. The bottom line is, the guy produces. That is a second compelling reason to believe in him. The first is his monster 6-4, 225-pound frame. Maroon has been working on, and improved, the two flaws outlined above and his 23-goal AHL rookie season was a great start. He was also arguably the best player for the Phantoms in the postseason. He’ll get an NHL cup of coffee this campaign, but will need two more years of AHL seasoning before making the jump. He’s looking more and more as though he will succeed in his quest to make the show – look for him to battle JVR and Nodl for the scoring lead on the Phantoms this season.
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|Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:09|