It was a breakout season for Patrick Maroon in 2013-14, as the big winger posted 29 points with a team-leading 101 PIM in 62 games. In his third season in Anaheim, he set career highs in goals (11), assists (18), points, plus/minus and games played. Included in those impressive numbers is a career-high five-game point streak (2g/6a) and three goals in three games to close the regular season, including the game-winning tally against the San Jose Sharks on April 9.
Maroon didn’t slow down in the playoffs, either. He recorded seven points (2g/5a) in 13 games while recording a six-game point streak (2g/4a) from Apr. 23-May 8, the longest by a rookie since L.A.’s Warren Rychel in 1993. He finished tied for sixth among all rookies in scoring and sixth in assists.
The production led to a three-year contract extension this summer and a farewell to the Anaheim/Norfolk shuttle Maroon rode for the better part of two years.
Known for most of his early career as a fighter, Maroon flashed the offensive potential seen during his time in the AHL. That skill, combined with his willingness to do the “dirty work,” made Maroon an everyday player in the Ducks lineup.
“He brings the same effort every night,” head coach Bruce Boudreau said in a feature story about Maroon. “He doesn’t cheat you. He’ll fight anybody. He’s very good in the corners. He goes to the front of the net, the dirty areas, and he’s played very responsibly defensively. You add those things up, and you have a player that you say can be an everyday player.”
Maroon moved up and down the lineup last season, but held his role among the team’s top six forwards. He even spent time on the top unit with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, a testament to his strong play in all three zones.
The Ducks winger will have a little more help this season – new assistant coach Trent Yawney, whom he credits for turning his career around while in the minors.
“He really helped me be the player I am today, mature both on and off the ice,” Maroon said. “Everything is in your hands, you control it. If you work hard every day both on and off the ice, I think you’ll have success in the NHL. I always have that in my mind. I think that’s key for me right now.”
Maroon showed off his offensive firepower against the San Jose Sharks on April 9, helping the Ducks clinch a second straight Pacific Division title with a two-goal effort at Honda Center. While the first was impressive, a wraparound effort to beat Antti Niemi, Maroon’s second tally proved to be the game-winning score. With the game knotted at two, the Ducks carried the puck into the Sharks zone on a 3-on-2 rush. Teemu Selanne found Maroon with a cross-ice feed, and the Ducks winger wasted no time in firing the puck from the left circle. It squeaked through Niemi for the decisive score.
BY THE NUMBERS
5: Maroon recorded two point streaks of at least five games six games; one during the regular season (5 games) and one during the Stanley Cup Playoffs (six games).
101: The penalty leader among the Ducks, Maroon was the only player to finish north of the century mark in penalty minutes. Many of these came from his 13 fighting majors, as Maroon continued to be the leading enforcer on the team.
6: Sunday should be renamed “Maroon Day,” as the Ducks winger recorded six of his 29 points during Sunday games last season.