Archive for Patrick Maroon

Down on the Pharm: Movements Abound

Posted in Phantoms with tags , , , on October 31, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

To start a new bit I’ll try to do once a week here on the blog, I present to you “Down on the Pharm”.  In these posts, I’ll post a tidbit of what’s going on in the Adirondacks with the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Phantoms.  The Phantoms have a fantastic beat writer at the Glens-Falls Post Star by the name of Tim McManus that I recommend you all follow on twitter: @PSPhantoms.

Pat Maroon's time in the Flyers organization is done

This week, McManus broke the news to the hockey world as to the dismissal of the once promising forward Pat Maroon. Since that time, the Flyers organization has signed Denis Hamel, a veteran of professional hockey to replace Maroon on the Phantoms.  This week, McManus sat down with Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren and the two discussed the recent movements in the Adirondacks, and how those moves may impact the Flyers moving forward.

I encourage you to check out McManus’s work at the Post-Star, and read the transcript of his chat with Homer here: FLYERS G.M. HOLMGREN ON MAROON, HAMEL, GILBERT, ALLENTOWN, AND MORE

Updates: Prospect Refresher – Forwards

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on June 13, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

While the Flyers’ current predicament is bright – they enter 2010-2011 as the defending Eastern Conference Champions – their forseeable future has the potential to take a turn for the worst.  In today’s NHL, teams gain the most success by building from within their own organizations.  The Flyers have been able to show this off during their postseason run his year, as Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, Jeff Carter, and Simon Gagne are all guys that originally were drafted by the Flyers and have been with the organization since day one.  However, according to Hockey’s Future, the Flyers as an organization have a future that is anything but bright.

Eric Wellwood and his Taylor Hall-led Windsor Spitfires won the Memorial Cup for the second year in a row

The Flyers rank 28th out of the 30 National Hockey League franchises as far as their prospects and farm systems are concerned.  While that may come as a surprise to many fans out there, it shouldn’t.  The Flyers are absolutely notorious for not investing the proper time in their prospects as many other franchises do, and, as a result – by virtue of them being a cap casualty, or the Flyers seeing the ability to bring in a star – the Flyers generally ship them off (see: Patrick Sharp, Scottie Upshall, Joni Pitkanen).  Here’s what Hockey’s Future has to say about the Flyers in their 2009-2010 Organizational Rankings:

Strengths: The Flyers have a good group of blueline prospects. Erik Gustafsson has been signed as a free agent out of college, joining Kevin Marshall and Marc-Andre Bourdon as legitimate NHL blueline prospects. Weaknesses: Three of the Flyers former top five prospects have graduated in the last few months. Their graduations leave a huge gap in the organization. Goaltending is still a big question mark. Joacim Eriksson is an excellent prospect who has completed an outstanding regular season, however, should he not adjust well to North American play if he comes over, there is not much behind him.

Hockey’s Future is spot on with their assessment.  The Flyers have a great prospect outlook on their back-end, which certainly is good, but that’s about it.  Their goaltending is shallow, as are their forwards, and the thought as to whether or not Eriksson will be able to handle the transition from European to North American play is certainly a valid one.  I think all it takes is watching the well-documented struggles that Johan Backlund – also a Swedish netminder like Eriksson – went through this year in adjusting to the dimensions of a North American rink as well as the style of North American play.

Once a top prospect in Columbus, Legein played for the Phantoms last season

What makes the situation difficult for the Flyers in the near future is that there is very little likelihood that they will be adding to their current group of prospects in any kind of positive manner.  The Flyers don’t have a first round pick in this draft, as it was traded to the Anaheim Ducks last offseason, along with Joffrey Lupul and Luca Sbisa for Chris Pronger.  The Flyers don’t have a second round pick, either.  That pickwill go to the Los Angeles Kings as the result of a trade on July 1, 2008 that sent Patrik Hersley and Ned Lukacevic to Philadelphia in exchange for Denis Gauthier and the Flyers’ second round pick in 2010.  So, the Flyers won’t pick until the third round in 2010, and the possibility of them finding a diamond in the rough at that point is slim.  This has been touted as one of the deepest drafts in some time, but it’s hard for me to believe there’s going to be a stud still standing at the 89th overall spot in the third round – the Flyers’ first pick.  The Orange and black will also select 119th overall (4th rnd), 149th overall (5th rnd), 179th overall (6th rnd), and 209th overall (7th rnd).  That makes for five picks total in the seven rounds of the draft.  A Flyers trade is still a definitely possibility during the draft, however, the chances of that trade being centered around acquiring another pick are incredibly slim.  Instead it will likely be for a goaltender (Jonathan Quick, please?).

Here are the Flyers’ top five prospects in the category of Forwards.  I have included their previous team and their stats from that season.

FORWARDS

1. Patrick Maroon, Left Wing. (Adirondack Phantoms – AHL) 67 GP: 11 Goals, 33 Assists, 44 Points. -15

2. Andreas Nodl, Right Wing. (Adirondack Phantoms – AHL) 65 GP: 14 Goals, 20 Assists, 34 Points. -10

3. Stefan Legein, Right Wing.  (Adirondack Phantoms – AHL) 77 GP: 26 Goals, 11 Assists, 37 Points. -19

4. Eric Wellwood, Left Wing. (Windsor Spitfires – OHL) 65 GP: 31 Goals, 37 Assists, 68 Points. +36
5.  David Laliberte, Right Wing. (Adirondack Phantoms – AHL, spent time with Flyers) 66 GP: 18 Goals, 28 Assists, 46 Points. -11

Updates: Orange and Black…and Maroon?

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

As the Philadelphia Flyers prepare to find out their second round opponent in the next 12 hours or so, the team does so in desperate need of a lift after losing three of their top 12 forwards to injury the past week.  Jeff Carter (broken right foot) and Ian Laperriere (brain contusion, concussion) have been lost for basically the entire playoffs, while Simon Gagne (broken toe) will miss a large chunk of the upcoming Conference Semi-Finals series.

In the series clinching Game Five win last Thursday in Newark, the Flyers got by without Gags and Carts, using Ville Leino and David Laliberte as replacements.  While it is expected the two may remain on the active roster for the upcoming series, there will need to be one more spot filled with the loss of Lappy for the remainder of the playoffs.  Who do the Flyers bring in to fill the gigantic hole left by Ian Laperriere?  Will it be grit and toughness in a player like Riley Cote?  Or will the Flyers look more towards the skill side of things and bring in a Jon Kalinski or Andreas Nodl?

What about a little bit of both in Patrick Maroon?

Shown here in pre-season action, Maroon would give the Flyers another big body

Maroon, a 22 year old power forward, was a long shot to make the Flyers roster in Training Camp this past summer, and instead spent the entire season with the Flyers’ main AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.  In his second year of professional hockey, Maroon ranked once again in the top half of the scoring leaders for the Phantoms, tallying 11 goals and 33 assists for 44 points in 67 games.  In 2008-’09, Maroon notched 23 goals and 54 points.  However, scoring isn’t the only aspect of Maroon’s game that might make him a tangible weapon for the Flyers moving forward.  Maroon finished third on the Phantoms with 125 penalty minutes, and isn’t afraid to mix things up physically on a consistent basis.  Given his frame – 6’4”, 225 – who can blame him?  Still, he’s not fully matured as a player and the Flyers run the severe risk of throwing him out there and having Maroon be in way over his head with the intensity of playoff hockey.

While that argument can certainly be made, I am one who is against it.  My thoughts are the following: although he’s been great this year, I would be surprised if the Flyers resigned Arron Asham, especially when they have a feasible replacement already in-house in Mr. Maroon.  Why not get him out there now, on the biggest stage and on the highest pressure level, and see how he handles himself.  Chances are he will be a favorite to make the team out of Camp next year, but he can go a long way to solidifying that spot on the Flyers roster if he can make things happen in the playoffs – given he gets the opportunity.  Of course, this is purely speculation – the Flyers may not even end up going with Maroon in the upcoming series, however you have to like his chances.  The St. Louis, Missouri native has been working off and on in Flyers practices on a line with Dan Carcillo and Mike Richards.  If Richards is involved with Maroon, you know something may potentially be brewing for the Flyers moving forward.

Honestly, I don’t see many problems with Maroon joining the big club in the second round.  He’s a big body who can play physical and score points, and the Flyers will need all of that they can get come the beginning of round two.  Actually, come to think of it, there may exist one problem with the Maroon coming to the Flyers in round two: he wore #16 playing in Adirondack.

For some reason, I feel that’s the only part about him that wouldn’t fly for the Orange and Black in round two.

Updates: A Quicker Return for Gagne?

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

In an article on Philly.com today, Sam Carchidi writes about a possible early return for Flyers sniper Simon Gagne.

An early Gagne return would be a huge boost for the Orange and Black

Gagne, who broke a toe in his right foot in Game Four of the Flyers’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series after blocking a Brian Rolston slap-shot, was originally thought to miss three weeks or more of action – basically ruling him out for the second round.  However, Carchidi has done a tremendous job of getting to the bottom of the story, finding out per Paul Holmgren that a return for Gagne as early as Game Three is not out of the question.

Obviously, it goes without saying that having Gagne back in the Flyers’ line-up automatically makes them a better team.  The argument can certainly be made that he was the Flyers best offensive force against the Devils, despite the fact that he failed to find the back of the net against Martin Brodeur.  Still, a Gagne return makes the Flyers more formidable, especially if it’s as early as Game Three.  Certainly, a few cortisone shots should have Gagne ready to go after some more time healing, but as of now it’s all just a matter of speculation.  It would be great to get Gagne back earlier than expected, but foolish to rush him back and then have him re-aggravate the injury.  Until it’s a definite that Gagne is returning, Ville Leino and the Phantom of Peter Laviolette’s choice as well as the rest of the team, will need to hold up their ends of the bargain and play strong.

By the way, just in case you’re curious, I have a feeling we may be seeing Patrick Maroon in this series for the Flyers over David Laliberte – he gives the Flyers a bigger body with some skill, and they will certainly need everything they can get in the second round regardless of who their opponent is: whether it’s Washington or Boston.