Maroon Working His Way Up

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Maroon Working His Way Up
By Warren Kozireski
Special to AnaheimDucks.com

Teams drafting in the early rounds of the NHL Entry Draft ideally look for players with multiple skill sets - skating, hands, size and/or speed among others.

In the later rounds, players with one or two of the above with some upside are more the norm.

Though not drafted by Anaheim, left wing Patrick Maroon was selected by Philadelphia in the sixth round (161st overall) in 2007. He was acquired by the Ducks last season, along with David Laliberte for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson.

While Laliberte is in Europe this season, Maroon is climbing into the Ducks picture with eight goals and nine assists over his first 15 games this season in Syracuse highlighted by a four-point effort in late October.

At 6-4 and 225 pounds Maroon’s game is playing in the dirty areas around the net and in the corners. As with most his size, skating is a concern in terms of moving up to the next level, but something he is working on.

“I use a power-skating coach during the summer and, during the season, we have a lady down here in Syracuse helping me with the little things and keeping me where I am,” Maroon said.
“It’s great that we can skate with her because I can always get better and I think that’s one of the areas I need to be better in.”

Maroon has registered at least one point in nine of his first 15 games this season and leads Syracuse with 17 points (tied for 18th in the AHL) and is second in goals with eight. He is also second on the squad with 29 penalty minutes.

The St. Louis-native played two seasons in the NAHL with Texarkana and St. Louis respectively putting up 63 goals and 155 points in 114 games before being drafted.

He followed that with one season in the OHL in London and was equally proficient on offense with 35 goals and 55 assists in 64 games.  After being acquired one month into last season from the Flyers, Maroon netted 21 goals with 27 assists in 57 AHL games with Syracuse.

As to why he chose to leave London and junior hockey after just one season, Maroon said, “I spent two years in the NAHL and then got drafted. I went to training camp and they told me I needed to go work on things. I did and had a good year."

As a sixth rounder, nothing is being handed to the 23 year-old.

“I need to have a chip on my shoulder all the time. I just got lucky I got noticed by someone and drafted. I went to Philly and didn’t get a chance there, but Anaheim obviously saw something in me and is giving me a chance. Now it’s up to me to prove myself in the American League.Those two games I got charges me up because now I want to stay. Now I’m itching to do the little things to get noticed and get back there.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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