Like a good quantity of Duck’s fans upon hearing the news that Patrick Maroon was sent to the Edmonton Oilers at the deadline, I was devastated. It is certainly hard to see the lovable big man get shipped off just before he was to get another chance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, as I continue to cope with my Maroon withdrawals, I began to see the why moving the big dog was indeed for the best.
1. Jamie McGinn: The New Big Man
One thing that certainly worried many Ducks fans about the trading away of Maroon was how the forecheck would be affected. This was Maroon’s specialty. He was always able to pin himself against the boards, and keep the puck in the zone while the rest of his line got changes, or moved in to help get the puck into a scoring area. Well now that he is gone, who is going to fill his place? The answer is new winger, Jamie McGinn. McGinn’s stats indicate that he is in fact a slightly smaller, yet better version of Maroon. This season, Patrick Maroon played 56 total games with the Ducks. In this time he put up 4 goals and 9 assists, for a total of 13 points. He also is sporting a +/- of -13. Maroon has not been having one of his best years, but seemed to be trending upward towards the time of his trade. On the other side of things, McGinn played 63 games with the Buffalo Sabres. In this time he put up 14 goals and 13 assists, for a total of 27 points. He also has a +/- of -10.
After four games with the Ducks, he has improved his numbers to 16 goals and 14 assists, for a grand total of 30 points on the season. Another notable thing is that McGinn is known for having a very similar playstyle to that of Maroon. The sheer numbers alone allow for Ducks fans to make a sigh of relief. McGinn is similar to Maroon defensively, but offensively, he is certainly a big upgrade. It will be quite interesting to see what this upgrade to Maroon will be able to do offensively in the long term as he already has three points in four games with Anaheim so far.
2. Salary Dump
Another good thing that the Ducks got out of the Maroon trade is a 2 million dollar salary dump. The Ducks have several RFA’s that they are going to want to sign, namely Frederik Andersen, Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm, and Rickard Rakell. This salary dump, while not huge, will allow Bob Murray a little bit more wiggle room when it comes to attempting to resign some of his most promising young RFAs. Murray may also want to bring back some of the UFAs like David Perron or Chris Stewart that have played well for Anaheim this season too.
I would love to hear other fan’s opinions, so please feel free to leave a comment below!
*All statistics in this article have been provided by NHL.com
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