Thursday, November 01, 2007

Flyers sign Maroon to entry level deal

The Philadelphia Flyers signed 6-foot-4, 225-pound left wing Patrick Maroon to an entry-level contract Thursday.

“We are excited about having him as a part of our organization,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. “He is playing with the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League. We will continue to watch him and see how he does. We look forward to him continuing his strong start in London."

Maroon, 19, has recorded 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points and 15 penalty minutes in 14 games for the Knights this season. He leads the team in goals (12), assists (13), points (25) and power play goals (5). He is tied for fifth in the OHL in points (25) and goals (12). He leads all OHL rookies in points (25) and is tied for first among OHL rookies in goals (12). He was selected by the Flyers in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Last season, Maroon, a St. Louis, Missouri native, recorded 40 goals and 55 assists for 95 points and 152 penalty minutes in 57 regular season games for the St. Louis Bandits of the North American Hockey League. He was named to the All-Tournament Team as the Bandits won the Robertson Cup Championship (NAHL Championship) and led the NAHL in playoff scoring with 23 points (10G,13A) in 12 games. He was named the NAHL’s Most Valuable Player and to the NAHL First All-Star Team. He led the league in points (95) and led his team in goals (40, fourth in the NAHL), assists (55, fourth in the NAHL), points (95), penalty minutes (152, ninth in the NAHL), power play goals (11, tied for seventh in the NAHL), power play assists (22, tied for fourth in the NAHL) and shorthanded goals (5).

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