Patrick Maroon Tampa Bay Lightning

Seattle Kraken general manager Ron Francis will have several options from the now-consecutive Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning when the expansion draft comes. One player to look at was in the Lightning for those two titles and another in the St. Louis Blues in 2019. Patrick Maroon should be seriously considered for a spot at the Kraken.

Maroon is a winner

Having a strong group of veterans will be crucial in building a new franchise. As important as it is, there is more than just playing games and playoffs; You have to have winners. With his third Stanley Cup title in the past three seasons, one with the St. Louis Blues and two with the Lightning, Maroon has proven he is a winner.

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Patrick Maroon hoists the 2020 Stanley Cup. (Photo by Dave Sandford / NHLI via Getty Images)

Although you don’t often see his name on the score sheet, the “Big Rig” has prevailed for his team several times during their respective Cup runs. Maroon has only scored six goals in those 74 games, but they all came at great times.

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April 12, 2019 – St. Louis Blues vs. Winnipeg Jets, Game 2
With 1-0 in the series, the Blues were 2-1 behind the Jets in the second section until Maroon tied the game with two points. The Blues won the game 4-3.

April 29, 2019 – St. Louis Blues @ Dallas Stars, Game 3
With a 1-1 in the series and a 3-3 with less than two minutes before regular time, Maroon scored the game-winning goal to give the Blues the lead in the series.

May 7, 2019 – St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars, Game 7
With the 1-1 draw in double extra time, Maroon scored to send the Blues into the Western Conference finals.

September 13, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Islanders, Game 4
Maroon scored an empty goal to score a 4-1 win, giving the Lightning a 3-1 lead.

May 26, 2021 – Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers, Game 6
Maroon scored the opening goal that would be the game-winning and series-defining goal in the 4-0 shutout.

July 5, 2021 – Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens, Game 4
The only game in which Maroon scored a goal that his team lost. After playing 2-1 with less than 10 minutes, he scored 2-2 to force extra time. He won his third title in the following game.

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All of Maroon’s goals were either tied or won, with the exception of his empty net goal, and his team won five of the six games he scored. Add to that the physical presence he brings to a playoff run and he’s someone you want to have on your team to show younger players what it takes to win.

Statistical overview by Maroon

It’s no surprise that Maroon’s offensive numbers don’t jump off the page on you, and he even acknowledges it. Still, it’s valuable. He has seen various power play times throughout his career, according to Natural Stat Trick, and many teams see the value of having a big body in front of the net to shield the goalkeeper.

Additionally, in an entire season that he has played, he has never had a percentage lower than 51.3 Corsi (CF%). His CF% has decreased in the last two seasons, 51.3 CF% was last season, but it was also shortened seasons. To be fair, Maroon saw a decrease in the average time on ice, which can result in a lower CF%.

Patrick Maroon OilersPatrick Maroon Screening Michal Neuvirth, Oilers vs Flyers, 3/3/16 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Another area in which it will be present is physicality. It is not called the “Big Rig” for nothing. He’ll throw the body and be the guy looking for the more experienced players on the list. He has fought 15 times in the last three regular seasons and scored 195 penalty minutes in 193 games.

Like it or hate it, fighting still has its place in hockey, and Maroon is a guy you’d love to do. Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol has already used physical players in his line-up and might like a player like Maroon.

Maroon: The Glue Guy

Every team, especially a team that is essentially thrown together, needs a glue. He doesn’t have to be the best player, but the guy who brings a team together. This player with a personality that the whole team can be drawn to will help bring the team together and establish a culture in the dressing room.

“[Lightning head coach Jon] cooper: The only thing Pat always had was that people were attracted to him, and there is a reason: Because he has this personality, and he has always had it. I always think of Patty as a character who has character. He can be a fun guy in the room, but he can do things on the ice that others just don’t. “

(from “From Parking Lot Brawls to the Chub Club, Untold Stories by Lightning Glue Pat Maroon”, The Athletic, 06/21/21).

At 33, his number is likely to continue to decline. However, if you had him in the locker room for even a year at his cheap cap hit of $ 900,000, it would go a long way to establishing a winning culture. Often it is not the best teams that win, but the closest. Even if the octopuses aren’t swimming in the water, creating a good culture for younger players is essential to their long-term success.

Sean Raggio lives for hockey. He will cover the Seattle Kraken for THW. While studying journalism at Quinnipiac University and as an active member of student media organizations, Sean gained experience writing for television, print and radio. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to get in touch on Twitter! You can find a link at the end of his articles like this one.

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