Today the Ducks resigned another one of their young players, this time it was the 24-year-old Patrick Maroon. The St. Louis, Missouri native spent most of last year in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch. Maroon had a career year with the Crunch with 32 goals and 42 assists for 74 points in 75 games, all of which are career highs. He also finished with a plus/minus of +17, also a career high, and 120 PIM. In four playoff games this past season with the Crunch he went scoreless with four PIM. He finished third in scoring, tied for fifth in goals, tied for tenth in assists an tied for eighth in power play goals with 12. He also made two appearances for the Anaheim Ducks this season, including his NHL debut on October 25th in Chicago where he registered 15:19 TOI. His other appearance was in a game at the Minnesota Wild on October 27th. In those two games, he only went scoreless but recorded 2 PIM.
Maroon was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Phantoms/Adirondack Phantoms (AHL) before the Ducks acquired him in a trade with the Flyers along with David Laliberte for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson on November 21, 2010. He has had a very successful career in the AHL. He has logged 289 career AHL games recording 92 goals and 136 assists for 228 points with a plus/minus of +7 and 405 PIM. However, he has only appeared in eight career AHL playoff games, four with Syracuse and four with the Phantoms. Maroon is listed at 6’3″-231 pounds and is a big, physical power forward type of player. I think Maroon will have a very good chance at making the Ducks this upcoming season. With his size and toughness, Maroon can be a pretty solid two-way player in the NHL.
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