After skating with the Ducks’ second line in Tuesday’s morning skate, 6-foot-4, 225-pound rookie forward Patrick Maroon
is hoping to make his NHL debut on Tuesday night in Chicago.
Maroon is from St. Louis, which is just a four-hour drive from Chicago, so his family will be in attendance to hopefully see his first game.
Maroon skated with center Saku Koivu
and forward Teemu Selanne
on Tuesday, but there seems to be some feeling among the Ducks traveling media contingent that Maroon could find himself replacing Bobby Ryan
on the left wing of the top line with center Ryan Getzlaf
and right wing Corey Perry
Neither place in the lineup would change his designated role to use his big frame and help open up the ice for whomever’s playing with him.
“I’m just going to play my game, get pucks in, go to work and create offense for those guys,” he said of the Ducks’ top forwards. “Just create havoc, so they have room to play their game. It’s just exciting. If I play it will be my first game ever and first NHL experience.”
Maroon was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers
in the sixth round (No.161) of the 2007 Entry Draft. He was traded to Anaheim on Nov. 21, 2010 along with David Laliberte
in exchange for Danny Syvret
and Rod Bordson.