Maroon named 2nd star of the week, making strong argument to be protected

With what is likely the best week of his career, Patrick Maroon has been named the NHL’s second star of the week.

A smile like that deserves every star of the week he can get.

Patrick Maroon arguably had the best week of his career. In four games, the big-bodied winger potted a hat trick against the Boston Bruins to go alongside a two-goal game against the Ottawa Senators. He also potted an assist in the first game of the week against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Maroon has shown that he has the ability to play on the teams top line alongside McDavid. Not only that, he has shown the ability to be a player that drives possession as well as goal scoring when on the ice. 

To put it in layman’s terms, he has played over 30 minutes of 5v5 TOI with 15 teammates. f those 15 teammates, 15 of them have a better Corsi as a percentage with Maroon, than without him. In total, 14 of those 15 players also have a better goals-for percentage.

It is clear that he is making his teammates around him better. 

At this point in the season, Maroon has already scored four more goals than he has previously scored in a full NHL season. 

During one of the Oilers broadcasts this last week, Maroon spoke about how he is playing with confidence in his game. One thing Maroon noted and something that I had not seen before was that he was actually a high-end goal scorer during his time in the AHL. In 2011-2012, Maroon scored 32 goals in 75 games with the Syracuse Crunch.

One thing is clear and that is the Oilers need to make Patrick Maroon one of the players they protect in the expansion draft.

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  • Kaplan

    PADDY MAROOOOOON!!!

    Said it before and I’ll say it again: Hatrick deserves and A, if not now, then definitely next season. Which means PC needs to protect him.

  • The Ghost of Alex Plante

    Absolutely they need to protect him. As Crosby has shown and McDavid is starting to show, finding players that can play with elite talent isn’t always as easy at it sounds. Maroon & McDavid clearly have some great chemistry. Don’t mess with a good thing. Protect him.

  • Dwayne Roloson 35

    We’re definitely protecting him.

    Drai, Maroon, Lucic, Nuge, Ebs, letestu and 1 other forward will be protected.

    We’re set up very well for this expansion.

  • CornDogsBruh

    There is a 0% chance that Maroon is left unprotected. He has the best value contract on the team and has chemistry with McDavid.

    The Oilers will most likely lose Davidson or hopefully Pouliot. Although I could see a trade happening where they are able to recoup some assets.

  • Ready to Win

    Some guys get accused of trying harder when their contract is expiring; I wonder if any players (not necessarily Maroon) are finding extra motivation in the threat of being unprotected in the expansion draft.

  • 99CupsofCoffey

    That smile is contagious.

    Between Maroon and Kassian, we have two feel-good stories which we just haven’t had for some time now.

    2 guys who worked their butts off to get another chance.

  • Phuryous George

    Love this kid!! Having a hell of a season. I’m sure he trained in the off season with the goal of playing with McDavid after the success he had with him last year. Then they get Looch and it changes the landscape, but he hasn’t shrunk and played his way back to where he wants to be. Best part was after the fight with Chara, he tells Principe that he didn’t want to, but you have to “show up” for your games. Then gets a hatty. He’s a beauty!!

  • DannyGallivan

    What I see is the guys making the big bucks are not stepping up. Pts/60 mins played (players > 200 mins) at the top of the list is McJesus w 2.68. After him is Pitlick, Maroon, Draisaitl, Letestu and Puljujarvi rounding out the top 6. The bottom six are Eberle, Kassian RNH, Lucic, Pouliot and Caggiula. Puly had 1.45 points/60 mins and just got sent down. Ebs is 1.32 and Pou is 0.97. Ebs and Lucic both played with McJesus for much of this season. That is pathetic!

  • Petrolero

    So what the article is saying is that maroon is driving the play like hall was but doesn’t get creamed and also cycles and adds phisixality not only replacing hall but actually improving the position?

    • ubermiguel

      This gave me pause for thought if only because it’s a rare opportunity to clear some cap space quickly. It also effectively protects a few of those defence prospects and value contracts. Vegas could have cap floor issues so they might not mind a few big (over-pay) contracts.

  • toprightcorner

    Maroon has proven he has the ability to play with McDavid and be successful. No other player has done that this season. He reminds me of Kunitz with Crosby. Hard worker, some skill but for what ever reason, he has been the only winger to be truly successful with Crosby over the past 10 years.

    Maroon does not have the same skill as Kunitz but he somehow knows exactly where to go when he is on the ice with McDavid. Like Kunitz, becasue of that, Maroon will never be paid a huge salary, even if he scores 30 goals a year, because everyone knows that you move him away from McDavid he will be lucky to score 10.

    Kunitz 2 highest scoring seasons came in his contract years and he still never had a cap hit higher than $3.85 mill. Even after his 35 goal and 68 pt season.

    Maroon can play a successful sidekick to McDavid for 5-6 years, score 25 goals a season and likely never cost more than $4.5 mill a year. That is a player you protect all day long.

    • Kunitz had already signed an extension before his 68 point season so he never had a chance to cash in. If you think “hockey people” put him on the Olympic team but somehow nobody would have paid him after that season you are mistaken.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Maroon has played himself into the position where he is a “must-protect”. The only cause for concern is the fact that he’s only got one year left on his contract until he’s a UFA (and he can’t be re-signed until after the expansion draft) but that’s not enough of a concern to leave him unprotected.

    What Maroon has done is make the decision very easy for the Oilers to go with a 7-3-1 protection regime as opposed to a 4-4-1. Some say to leave Eberle unprotected but, in reality, there is zero percent chance of that happening. Notwithstanding lowered production this year, he is a top 15 RW in scoring every year – he is a first line winger and he’s not going to given away for free. So, Maroon becomes the 5th forward to protct and, boom, 7-3-1

    Drai, Lucic, Nuge, Eberle, Maroon plus 2 (likely Letestu and Kas)

    Sekera, Klef, Larsson

    Talbot

    Exempt – Slep, Nurse, McDavid, JP

    Up for Grabs – Brossoit, Fayne, Pouliot, Davidson, Pitlick

    I don’t want to get in to a Kris Russell sign vs. no-sign, however, if he’s signed prior to the expansion draft it cannot come with a NMC because he cannot be protected or else we need to protect 4 d-men and would only be able to protect 4 forwards and that just doesn’t work.

  • UnderOil

    Big Rig will also drop the flippers when required – which also gives 97 room…he’s a great package for price and I think he’s got a future here.

    If we think back to his emotional interview about his son, I wonder if he’ll look for something longer term in Edmonton to justify relocating his family. We know it’s hard on him. Or, I hate to say this, I wonder if he’s playing to make for a good trade to head south again.

    By far one of the greatest surprises of this year – it helps that he appears to be a very likable guy. He’s offsetting my disappointment with Lucic.