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Cooper Marody has eyes on Oilers roster spot

With the summer in full swing, it’s already starting to get harder to find things to write about so I dove into the Interwebz to look at all things Oilers when I found this interview with Cooper Marody from last week’s development camp. 

After trading for Cooper Marody’s rights back in March, the right-handed forward has already gone through a bunch of new experiences, including signing his three-year entry-level contract and getting his first taste of pro hockey in Bakersfield. With both of those items in the books, Marody will look to take the next step in his career and he has some very specific goals for himself that I thought were interesting.

“For me, I’m trying to make the NHL team.”

I like that attitude, son! Though, what else was he supposed to say, really?

“I had a good season last year in college with confidence. I felt really good about that. Then I had a really good three games in the AHL at the end of the season.”

I’ve gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised to see Marody get three points in three AHL games to finish off the season. Yeah, I know that’s a really small sample size but I’m cautiously optimistic about this guy. He seems to have some decent puck smarts to go along with the ability to dangle so that makes him an interesting prospect to watch. But can he really make the team?

“I don’t need a bunch people saying, ‘Oh, Marody is on the team for sure,’ I want to prove people wrong and surprise a lot of people.”

I have to say, I don’t know if he’ll crack the opening night roster or even stick with the club at any time in the future, but I certainly like his attitude. Seeing guys get fired up about opportunity is a tall glass of Kool-Aid that I’ll drink all day long, and when you combine that drive with Marody’s skillset (he led the Big 10 division in scoring last year so he has some touch) then there is a real chance that he could make something happen.

“That’s something I’m going to work for this summer and I’m excited to do.”

Man, I don’t know if cracking the roster is going to happen this year, but I’m sure as hell pulling for you. We need a guy like you to make something happen from an unexpected place.

THE WRAP…

Now, I don’t know if Marody has a legitimate chance of cracking the roster next season or not, though I do assume he’ll get a taste at some point in the year, but when you look at the depth on the right-side he may get a chance as a winger. Marody is a natural centre but it’s not like the Oilers are all that deep on right wingers or necessarily opposed to playing guys out of position either, so there might be a fit there. Like I said before, I’m cautiously optimistic about Marody and maybe, just maybe this guy can surprise everyone and find himself with a spot on the roster. I can’t predict what the future will hold and we have no idea what the final roster will look like by the time the season starts, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a guy like Marody come out of nowhere to grab a spot on the team? I’d be down with that.

What do you guys think?

Watch the full clip here:

COOPER MARODY’S CAREER SO FAR

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2013-14 Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL 58 9 21 30 36 -1
2014-15 Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL 14 2 7 9 4 -3
2014-15 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 38 20 29 49 28 4 12 1 11 12 10
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 40 16 35 51 24 20
2017-18 Bakersfield Condors AHL 3 1 2 3 2

 

  • Randaman

    Why not? Don’t count anybody out before hand. I think Yamo & Bouchard both make the team and stick for the year. Bouchard isn’t going to learn anything more in Junior.

  • Sammy27

    Yamo should split the season… if he earns it. Bouchard should get the 9-game, sheltered minutes look then go back to Jr., play with his new high-end D partner, play World Jr’s, please give him time to be developed.

    • Kepler62c

      No idea who trashed this. Expressing caution in development – who thought that was a bad idea?

      If Yamo earns a spot on the big club then he earns it, but don’t keep him around if he clearly has some things to work on. Last year they couldn’t send him to the AHL so if they wanted him to get a taste of pro action it had to be up here, not the case this year.

      Bouchard, I like the idea of giving him 9 games over say the first 15-20. Give him some time to get used to the pace of practices/pro-life and time to observe the game from above, then send him back with specific things to work on in Jr. and have Bobby Nichols pull some strings at HC to make sure he’s on the World Jr. roster (I kid, I hate nepotism).

  • Spoils

    As much as I love McNuge, Draisaitl is the one that needs support. Plus I think Yammer makes the team. I know Reider is a RW, but he shoots left… That leads me here:

    Reider – McDavid – Yamamoto
    RNH – Draisaitl – Puljujarvi
    Lucic – Strome – ???
    Khaira – Brodziak – Kassian

    ??? = Caggiula, Rattie, Marody, Aberg…

    The dream is RNH figures out how to optimize Draisaitl. Yammer wins calder by being spoon fed by McJesus. Lucic bounces back and helps our third line really contribute. And the 4th line has chemistry.

    Can’t wait for the bounce back!

    • Oilersmadness

      So MCD on the first line with a player no playoff team wanted and a small fry that cant even protect the puck against men?
      It begins. Oiler fans over exaggerating the quality of their players lol

    • a lg dubl dubl

      I’ve been wondering what Rieder would look like on 97s line too, but I went

      93-97-Rieder

      I’m not too hyped about Rattie on the top line for any extended period of time, he just doesn’t have the speed that Rieder has.

    • daryl

      God we find Conner a legit winger and right away we take him off? Jeez you guys that’s why we sucked last year leave RNH alone kept the lines together for 30 games then make adjustments. Leon is making 8.5 mil a year he needs to drive his own line. Yamamoto needs time in Baker he needs to play with men you don’t even have Rattie penciled in he showed promise leave the top line alone!

  • OriginalPouzar

    I watched four Michigan games after the trade and was extremely impressed by what I saw of Marody. Yes, as an older college prospect, it was expected that he’d be leaned upon and produce, however, he was much more skilled than I anticiapted. Nice puck skills, fairly quick and a good hockey IQ.

    The coach also trusted him in many situations – 1st PP, 1st PK, defending a lead, etc.

    I’ve got high hopes that Marody will be able to become and NHL player.

    With that said, the jump from college to the NHL is a big jump. I won’t “shut the door” on anything but I would think he likely needs some time in the AHL learning to be a pro and adjusting to the pro game.

    That is why signings such as Kyle Brodziak are so important – it means guys like Marody won’t be gifted a spot because of no other options (and, for me, Brad Malone is not an option – although I think the organization feels differently).

    Assuming a solid start in the AHL (parlaying on his great 3 games from last year – best player on the ice in two of them), he very well could see some NHL games this coming year.

  • CMG30

    I love to see guys play their way onto the team. It’s the way it should be. Vets should not be overconfident and the young guys should be rewarded for performance. You avoid hard feelings and locker-room drama when everyone can see a clear merit based system.

  • Rockinghockey

    It is going to take one more year until we see some players coming up from the minors. Out of our top 10 prospects how many actually become legit NHL players. Scary part is we have no cap space for next year. If Rieder produces like I hope they do they have to hope for an increase in the cap just to resign him. I am hoping that a Rieder clicks with LD and pots 25 goals. Next year EDM will have to moveb2 of Russel, Sekera or Lucic

    • Tooleybuc

      I’d like to see this Marody kid play a full season in Bakersfield, along with Yamamoto and Benson. Let them develop…I mean really develop, properly. And send Bouchard back to Junior before the season starts. Let’s actually start the season with 20 competent NHLers. Lets win 6 of the first 8 games of the season… in the face of a difficult schedule. Hope is something you build… not something you wish for.

      • Glencontrolurstik

        Benson, awe Benson… Right there is someone the Oilers can trade before resources are wasted on him… Have seen him the last couple of years here in Vancouver (when he’s not injured) & it will take a miracle to have him NHL ready in 3 or 4 years. I know he’s from Edmonton & all, but the Oilers have to stop picking players based on geography & look more to skill and drive. Thankfully that is starting to happen recently, but Benson does not fit that mindset.

        • Bond

          Wow, now your ragging our prospects? REALLY…. Kid is finally healthy maybe let’s give him a chance. Apparently the Giants medical staff didn’t take very good care of him. Benson is a sleeper and is going to raise a lot of eyebrows and were looking forward to it!!!

  • OilCan2

    The pipeline will have some high quality in it this season. Marody has the numbers and looks pumped about getting a shot at the show. If he can give one of the recent depth signings a run for the money at camp then all the better for the team.

  • Ko-D

    Cooper needs to crush some AHL before anything happens. He is just trying to sound competitive. On another note, Erik Karlsson. Almost whatever it takes to make tim happen.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    I like this! I LIKE THIS! I love seeing players coming into camp with this desire. It’s the reason Yamamoto made opening night roster. They work hard and they’re rewarded. Hopefully he does well.