Sports Oilers' Maroon: I wouldn't have had same success without McDavid, Draisaitl

10:55  02 september  2017
10:55  02 september  2017 Source:   theScore

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The Oilers ’ two youngest regulars — Draisaitl turned 21 early in the season — and top scorers share a real bond. Even being on the same line, [ McDavid and Draisaitl ] push each other. It didn’ t take long for McDavid to realize Maroon , who has hammered away at his skating, had game.

McDavid and Draisaitl had MORE points than any other duo in the NHL this year. In fact, the club's top line of McDavid , Draisaitl , and Patrick Maroon accounted for 35.4 percent of the Oilers ' goals last Both forwards are crucial to the future success of the Leafs and will be compensated as such.

  Oilers' Maroon: I wouldn't have had same success without McDavid, Draisaitl © Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports / USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Maroon gives all the credit for his breakout campaign last season to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

The Edmonton Oilers forward demolished his previous career high of 11 goals - tallying 27 last season while also putting up a career-best 42 points - largely playing alongside one or both of McDavid and Draisaitl.

"Obviously without those two I wouldn't have the success I did, but sometimes you've got to give yourself some credit too," Maroon said, according to NHL.com's Louie Korac. "Those two are very tremendous players, and for me I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing to stay with them.

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Couple things jump out. Patrick Maroon put up some decent numbers with and without McDavid this season. A bit of a knock on Maroon has his been that his personal shooting percentage was 16.9 I ’m optimistic that Draisaitl can be a significant contributor to the Oilers offence, but I ’d like to see more

Leon Draisaitl (German: [ˈdʁaɪ.zaɪt.l̩]; born 27 October 1995) is a German professional ice hockey forward for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Draisaitl grew up playing hockey in Germany until he was selected second overall in the 2012 CHL Import Draft by the Prince

"Obviously Todd McLellan had a really big part in that. He gave me an opportunity to play with those two. For me, I've just got to continue what I did last year, come (to training camp) in really good shape again and hopefully good things fall into place again."

Given the incredible talent both youngsters have shown in such a short time, Maroon knows it's up to him to do some of the dirty work when he is on the ice alongside the two - going to the net, banging away at pucks, and getting into the open areas.

"Playing with Connor and Leon Draisaitl last year, a lot of people don't give Leon enough credit because there's always Connor there," Maroon said. "But I think with both of them together really helped me out last year. They obviously see things that certain players don't see. So for me, I think I was trying to do my part, be big and strong, go to the net hard and hoping for them to find me and hopefully clean up the mess if they got a shot or whatever."

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McDavid and Draisaitl had MORE points than any other duo in the NHL this year. In fact, the club's top line of McDavid , Draisaitl , and Patrick Maroon accounted for 35.4 percent of the Oilers ' goals last Both forwards are crucial to the future success of the Leafs and will be compensated as such.

Oilers remain focused on locking up McDavid , Draisaitl . Canadian Press. Gaudreau had the same impediment and additionally didn’ t meet the experience threshold for offer sheets ( Draisaitl does) and still secured favourable terms on his recent contract.

In all, Maroon proved to be a vital part of the Oilers' offense during the regular season and the playoffs - where he tallied another eight points in 13 games. There is certainly renewed confidence in Edmonton and, while Maroon and Co. will look to improve on last year's performance, the big winger understands that nothing is guaranteed.

"I think for us, we can't expect to just do it again," Maroon said. "We've got to start out of the gate hot and play how we're capable of playing and go into the season with confidence and a swagger that we are a good hockey team.

"I think everyone's excited to get this season started. Last year was a tough fall to Anaheim, but we've bounced and we came a long way. It was a proud moment not only for the organization but the players to see how far we came from the year before to doing that. I think the guys are really excited and anxious to get the season started. We know what we're capable of and we know what we have to do to make the playoffs again."

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