The Edmonton Oilers acquired forward Patrick Maroon from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defensive prospect Martin Gernat and a 2016 fourth round draft pick.

In 56 games played this year, Maroon has four goals, nine assists, 13 points, is a minus 13 and averaged 11:23 of ice time per game. He has three power play goals, one power play assist and 65 shots on goal. The forward has 114 hits, five takeaways and 22 giveaways. In 204 career games, he has 26 goals, 53 assists, 79 points, is a minus eight and averages 12:35 of ice time per game. Maroon has five power play goals, 15 power play points and four game-winning goals in his career. He also has 384 hits, 36 blocks, 42 takeaways and 62 giveaways.

Maroon is in his first year of a three year, $6 million deal with a $2 million salary cap hit per season. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season.

The Oilers needed size and Maroon is a 6’3″, 230 pound forward. He is a big body that will help the Oilers on the forecheck and to win battles along the boards. Maroon will also bring some grit to the Oilers’ lineup since he isn’t afraid to mix it up with opponents. He can help to get the cycle game going since he is a decent passer. Maroon isn’t good in his own zone and his decision-making can be iffy at times, which is reflected in his play by all of the turnovers he’s committed in his career.

Maroon lacks the consistency to be anything better than a bottom six forward and he will also take a game off from time to time. The forward will also give the Oilers another option to add to one of their power play units. He can be the screen in front of the goalie because of his size and the fact that he isn’t afraid to go into the crease area to get goals. Maroon goes from a team that is in playoff contention to a team that is in the lottery hunt for the first overall draft pick.


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