The Anaheim Ducks lost plenty of scoring when they traded Bobby Ryan last week, but luckily, they have plenty of young talent, both on the roster and coming up through the system that they can compensate for the lost goals. Which is part of the reason they felt comfortable trading him.
One player among the youngsters that could step into something of a scoring role for the Ducks is that of Pat Maroon. He’s not going to replace Ryan’s scoring on his own, not by a longshot, but he’ll help to make a positive impact in the offensive end, as well as other aspects of the game.
Maroon’s time at the NHL level is limited. He has just 15 games of experience to his credit, including 13 during the 2013 season. He has just three points in those 15 games, along with 10 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating. Not impressive, but it’s also an extremely small sample size.
In his 64 games in the AHL in 2013, however, the numbers were much more impressive. He was a force for the Norfolk Admirals, finishing with 50 points, including 26 goals. That’s coming off of a 2011-12 season in the AHL that featured 32 goals and 42 assists for the Syracuse Crunch.
One player you could compare Maroon to is Bryan Bickell, who is coming off of an excellent postseason with the Chicago Blackhawks, which helped to earn him a pretty lucrative new contract. While Maroon is smaller, they play a similar type of game, which will make Maroon an asset.
Maroon can score between the circles. He’s a big body up front that plays the physical game, but also has respectable hands for someone his size. He’ll score a lot of cheap goals down in front of the net, and should be a tough matchup for opposing defensemen when he’s up on the forecheck.
We’re not sure what type of role Maroon will see with the Ducks next year, but he’ll get an opportunity. If he can take advantage of it, this is a guy who could be a force up front, not unlike the way we saw Bickell become one for Chicago this season.