He plays center and left wing, and will always be an extra guy on the ice who can take faceoffs. I can slot him in on basically every line and he can play in any role or situation.
6'2" 220 pounds
Is blessed with great speed and can catch defenders off guard by blazing right by them. -THN
Great two-way forward... has defensive acumen. -THN
Centre Patrick Marleau has shown flashes of brilliance while refining his consistency and defensive play... a responsible defensive player... -Legends of Hockey
Marleau has been the #1 penalty killing forward on his team for the last 3 years, during which time he has finished top-10 in shorthanded goals twice (2nd and 3rd)
As such a useful player, it's no surprise that he sees the sort of ice time he does. Over the last 8 years, Marleau has been top-3 in TOI amongst San Jose forwards ever year, and led the team for 4 out of the last 5 years. This is on a team that has arguably been the most dominant regular season team over that stretch.
TOI amongst forwards on his team: 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd
Short-Handed TOI amongst forwards on his team: 1st, 1st, 1st
Power Play TOI amongst forwards on his team: 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd
In 2010, I believe he had the 3rd most TOI amongst all Team Canada forwards during the Olympics. This was on the Gold Medal winning team.
A very steady goal scorer who has great hands and a good amount of skill compared to most of the similar available players.
Marleau has 8 seasons with 25 or more goals, and 7 seasons with 28 or more goals.
He's had 5 seasons where he's been around top-20 in goals, including a 44 goal campaign that was the 4th highest in the league (4th, 11th, 17th, 21st, 23rd). Those last 3 finishes are a lot more impressive in today's NHL than they are in the O6 era imo.
His % of Goals to the 2nd place finisher are: 86, 83, 74, 68, 64, 63, 58, 51
His % of Points to the 2nd place finisher are: 76, 70, 68, 66, 65, 61, 55, 50
Here is how that the points% compares to Clark Gillies and Brian Propp, for context.
Marleau: 76, 70, 68, 66, 65, 61, 55, 50
Propp: 76, 75, 74, 68, 65, 63, 63, 63, 60, 52, 50
Gillies: 70, 69, 58, 52, 51
Better than Gillies, and not too far off from Propp.
*Note that 50% was the cut-off figure for inclusion, this was to no ones advantage.*
*Note that I removed Gretzky and Lemieux when calculating the percentages, this was to Propp's advantage*