7 – Patrick Maroon
In the last few seasons, Patrick Maroon has really established himself as a dependable second-line winger. Yet I haven’t seen anybody talking about the Calgary Flames picking him up. Given they don’t necessarily need a second-line winger, but still.
While Maroon isn’t the most offensively gifted goal scorer, he contributes in other areas. Of his 10 assists in 17 games after being traded to the New Jersey Devils, eight of those were first assists. Of his 43 points total this season (including the Edmonton Oilers), 32 of those were primary points.
He’s also consistently had above 50% CF% for most of his NHL career and has had a positive Rel.CF% over the last four seasons. He was also on the third on the Devils in GC/GP with 0.26 – after Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri.
By his playing style, he is somewhat similar to Michael Frolik, but the Flames could use a player like that on their bottom-six. While Maroon is technically listed as an LW, he spent most of his time in New Jersey playing on the right side. I think him or Frolik on a bottom-six role can help those guys out a lot as well.
Maroon isn’t the guy who gets a lot of points on the powerplay, but he’s good to plant in front of the net to provide a screen, which is what he was doing in New Jersey in their successful PP.
A one-year contract of what he’s getting paid right now ($2 million) would be a great option for the Flames.