Bring Maroon Home
Patrick Maroon was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of 5, he began playing in-line hockey. Nowadays, He often plays to the left of Connor McDavid on the 1st line of the Edmonton Oilers. Could it be that the Blues are possibly interested in bringing him home? I hope so. I know I am. This could be a recipe for success.
A Proven Competitor
Maroon brings a little bit of everything. He is a smart player that can score and he isn’t afraid to get physical or drop the gloves either. With experience up and down a line-up; Maroon has what it takes to fill what many think is a much-needed role for St. Louis. The Blues’ inconsistency has them considering acquiring a top 6 forward via trade, and Patrick very well may be that perfect fit. The 29-year-old winger is 6’3″ & 225 lbs.
Patrick was originally drafted 161st overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2nd round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Maroon participated in the 2010 In-Line World Championships and won Gold with Team USA. Before he was drafted; Patrick actually played for the St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL. Maroon was 18 years old. That season, he posted an impressive 95 points in 57 games (40 goals, 55 assists).
In 2014-15, Maroon showcased decent play-making ability, tallying 25 assists in 71 games for the Anaheim Ducks. Patrick currently has 14 goals and 15 assists on the 2017-18 season in a total of 53 games played. Last season (2016-17), Maroon scored a career-high 27 goals and registered 15 assists for 42 points in 81 games.
A Boost For St. Louis
Honestly, what is more motivating than playing for your home-town? If acquired, I see this guy living out a dream, and I see him wanting to stick around. It’s really something to consider. I’m sure St. Louis is at the very top of Maroon’s list. At 1.9 million per year, Maroon becomes an unrestricted free agent the following season. He’s affordable and effective.
I can only imagine the fan base’s reaction and his response on the ice. He’s not just effective because he plays next to McDavid. He’s earned the right to play alongside him in Edmonton, and he’s become a fan favorite there. The competitiveness that he brings is something St. Louis Blues fans would greatly appreciate.
Do you remember the support that Cam Janssen received? I’m not comparing the two players by any means, but Blues fans love to see a player out there putting it all on the line for them. It becomes more than just hockey. Patrick Maroon has probably wanted to be a St. Louis Blue his entire life.
I consider Patrick Maroon to be a great fit for St. Louis. He’s worked hard to get where he is, and he still has some years of great play left. It’s no coincidence that Todd McLellan trusts Maroon with the ice time he’s given, and he should.
Lately, the world has really taken notice of Maroon considering the fact that he plays with arguably the best player in the world, #97. Patrick would be able to provide a strong physical presence in the top six and also get on that score sheet regularly. I would be very happy to see him sport the note, and I don’t think I’m alone.