The Oilers just announced on Twitter that they have acquired right-handed centreman, Cooper Marody, from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 3rd round pick in 2019.
Trade deadline? What trade deadline. Just because the annual swap shop has come and gone and Oilers are eliminated from the playoffs doesn’t mean that there’s not still work left to be done. With that in mind, the Oilers completed a deal that sends the 3rd round pick acquired in the Patrick Maroon deal to Philadelphia in exchange for the 21-year-old centreman that was amongst the Big Ten leaders in scoring.
Marody, a former 6th round pick in 2015 (158th overall), will surely add to the otherwise shallow prospect pool in Bakersfield that is in desperate need of skilled forwards. That team is devoid of forwards that can finish and this move certainly looks geared at remedying that situation. Marody had a whale of a year with the University of Michigan this past season and now we’ll have to wait and see how/if that will translate to the professional levels.
In 37 games played with the University of Michigan this season, Marody collected 46 points (14G, 32A), 22 PIMs, and had a +17 rating which were all the best numbers of his collegiate career. The question that I’m sure is on the minds of a lot of Oilers fans right now is who did they just trade for and what can he do? Let’s take a look.
WHAT’S A COOPER MARODY?
Scout text on Marody
"Very smart with good hands and a hard accurate shot. Needs to improve his skating, but his hockey sense gets him in good spots on the ice. Knows how to get open and has good vision."
Most realistic upside is likely as a depth, 3rd line player. #Oilers
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) March 21, 2018
If you’re anything like me, chances are that you’ve never heard of this player until just now so I got to work, scouring the Internet to find out more about him. So who the hell is Cooper Marody? Allow my quick research to guide you.
According to Michigan Assistant Coach, Brian Wiseman:
“Cooper is a very smart, highly intelligent hockey player. Has a gift of slowing down the game, reading situations and making high-level, executed plays.”
That sounds promising, right? But that’s his assistant coach so what else is out there? Edric Joseph at Dobber Prospects checked in this past December.
Cooper Marody has taken off on the scoresheet much like a bat out of hell and it shows as the collegiate junior has 24 points through just 16 contests so far this season. When you thought he could not get much faster than he already was, he somehow manages to find a high gear and is making good use of it when generating creating for others in the offensive zone. With him and other prospects coming down the pipeline, current NHL fixtures such as Giroux and Voracek will have a very capable cavalry for backup support in due course. Continuing to put on good weight while keeping his quickness intact remains a high priority.
He was recently featured in an article on Michigan Daily:
Growing up, Marody knew he wasn’t going to outmuscle or outskate anybody, at least not just yet.
But maybe he could outskill them.
Instead of darting all over the ice in an attempt to make an impact, Marody let the game come to him, eyes scanning all over the rink, carefully anticipating his next move before incisively doing so. His intelligence and calm attitude allowed him to make up for his physical disadvantages and mentally stay ahead of his competition. Know when to pass, know when to shoot. Know when to lie back, know when to go for it.
Lastly, from BSN Denver:
He goes hard on the forecheck, causes turnovers and creates chances around the net. He displays tremendous speed and acceleration, and uses his speed to take the puck wide and create chances from the outside as well as the inside. He doesn’t take long to mull over his decisions and while he isn’t overly creative, he does make the smart play and finds seams quickly.
He has a hard, deceptive shot, and is more than willing to go to the dirty areas for the puck and for his chances. He can fire off a very hard slapper and quick release wrister. He plays a very high-energy game, and he never quits despite what the score might be.
Considering the Oilers are in dire need for skilled forwards on their depth chart, this trade makes a world of sense from a prospect perspective. That said, the pick they spent on him was (basically) the sole return for Patrick Maroon at the deadline which will add some pressure on the scouting staff to make sure that they got this right. Marody was a former sixth-round pick that was just acquired for a third rounder which implies that he either took off since being drafted or that the Oilers overpaid again. So which is it?
From what I can find, Marody is a smart player with an array of skills in his toolbox which definitely makes this trade understandable, but there’s certainly no guarantees that this will work out either. What is most interesting, to me, is that the Oilers keep adding college players to their depth chart which tells me that the NCAA scouts clearly have Chiarelli’s ear. Will that approach work out? Who knows. It will take time to see what Marody can do at the pro level and whether or not this was just another moved that shuffled the deck chair. Either way, what we do know for sure is that the Pat Maroon trade just got another layer added to the story and that there is another live body on our depth chart.
What do you guys think?
COOPER MARODY’S CAREER SO FAR
|2014-15||Sioux Falls Stampede||USHL||38||20||29||49||28||4|
|2015-16||U. of Michigan||Big-10||32||10||14||24||20||0|
|2016-17||U. of Michigan||Big-10||18||5||10||15||8||-3|
|2017-18||U. of Michigan||Big-10||37||14||32||46||22||17|
Source: Edmonton Oilers, Verified Twitter Account, 3/21/2018 – 12:00 pm MST