Cooper Marody has certainly become an interesting prospect for the Edmonton Oilers and their fans since being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers back in March. In the five months that followed, Marody has had an influx of new experiences with the Oilers, including the signing of his first professional contract back in April and a professional debut with the Bakersfield Condors to close out their season. Despite the small sample size, Marody performed admirably with the Condors in his short stint in Bakersfield and will definitely be a prospect to follow as he will be entering his first full professional campaign this fall.
Position: Centre — Shoots: Right
Born: December 20th, 1996 — City: Brighton, Michigan, USA
Height: 6 feet 0 inches — Weight: 190 lbs [183 cm/86 kg]
Drafted: 158th overall (sixth round) in 2015
College: University of Michigan — League: Big-10
NEWS AND SCOUTING REPORTS
Jason Gregor spoke about Cooper Marody last week in his countdown of the Top 10 Oilers prospects:
In March, the Oilers acquired him from Philadelphia for a third-round pick (the one they received from New Jersey in the Patrick Maroon trade). Marody turns 22 in December. He was a sixth-round pick in 2015. He played the past three seasons at Michigan in NCAA. He scored 90 points in 90 games over three seasons, including 51 points in 40 games this past year. He did get in three AHL games with Bakersfield late last year and produced three points in three games. Many were impressed, albeit in an extremely small sample size, of how he looked in the AHL. Marody was traded, because he wasn’t going to sign in Philly. He had the option of free agency, and would have gone there, so the Flyers traded him. Marody is likely a bottom six forward, and the Oilers don’t have many right shot centres in the organization. I see him being the first line C in the AHL this year. It makes little sense to have him as the 13th forward in the NHL. He needs to play and I’d play him a lot in the AHL, but I see him being in Edmonton soon.
Dustin Nielson talked about Cooper Marody being close to NHL ready in yesterday’s article about fringe players with a chance to crack the NHL roster:
From what I’ve been told, from someone within the organization, Cooper Marody is likely more NHL ready right now than Drake Caggiula was two years ago. The former Michigan Wolverine can play centre or right wing so his versatility may be something the coaching staff will want around sooner rather than later.
Unlike Yamamoto, Marody won’t need to secure a spot in the top six to be effective. If he doesn’t start in Edmonton I’d definitely put him near the top of the call-up list.
Jameson Ewasiuk checked in on Marody back in June for Dobber Prospects:
In March, the Oilers paid a third round pick for Marody, who was drafted by Philadelphia in the sixth round in 2015. The trade comes following a very strong campaign for the young forward where he recorded 16 goals and 51 points in 40 games and topped it off with a Hobey Baker nomination. The Flyers likely traded Marody due to concerns of him potentially becoming a free agent. In April, the Oilers signed Marody to an entry-level contract. He then recorded three points in three games for Edmonton‘s farm team, the Bakersfield Condors. The trade looks like an overpayment on paper but it could be smart move for the Oilers. Edmonton’s lack of quality forward prospects, the team’s questionable prospect development and poor drafting history, makes trading a draft pick for a pro-ready prospect a potentially savvy move. The young American has strong puck skills and solid vision but must improve his foot speed and become stronger. If Marody shows well in his first season in the AHL, he could see time in Edmonton sooner than later and could be a sneaky good fantasy pickup.
Marody 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.
- NHL Central Scouting – 53rd
- Future Considerations – 133rd
- Hockey Prospect – 114th
- ISS Hockey – 83rd
VIDEO AND HIGHLIGHTS
As he’s done all summer, Edmonton Future Watch put together a wonderful compilation of highlights from Marody’s 2017-18 season:
Marody’s first professional goal with the Bakersfield Condors:
A spotlight on Marody’s game and skillset from the Big 10 Network:
Marody on overcoming adversity:
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|2011-12||St. Mary’s Prep||USHS-MI||7||1||3||4||2|
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