After the 3pm NHL trade deadline passed reports came out that the New Jersey Devils have acquired Patrick Maroon from the Edmonton Oilers for a 2019 3rd round pick and a prospect, thought to be J.D. Dudek.
Patrick Maroon will bring much needed offensive help to the Devils, especially with Marcus Johansson still sidelined with a concussion. This season Maroon currently has 30 points with 57 games played. Last season he scored a career high 27 goals and a total of 42 points as the Oilers made the playoffs for the first time since going to the Stanley Cup final in 2006. He also had 8 points in Edmonton’s 13 playoff games. In his career Maroon has 26 points in 42 playoff games.
As well as the ability to generate points and scoring chances Maroon will bring some size and grit, over 300 hits last season and this year, whether he plays in the top-6 or on the 3rd line. He won’t be the tallest Devil but will be the second biggest body, Brian Boyle being the biggest Devil. As a team the Devils are averaging 46 hits this season. Patrick Maroon is currently at 119 for the season.
Another very nice move by GM Ray Shero. Bringing in another offensive talent with an eye for points in the postseason. Perhaps Ray should keep Peter Chiarelli on his speed dial when teams can start dealing again this summer.