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Oilers recall Cooper Marody from Bakersfield

This morning, the Edmonton Oilers announced via their Twitter account that Cooper Marody has been recalled from the Bakersfield Condors ahead of tonight’s game against Colorado. 

With Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto being assigned to Bakersfield yesterday, the Oilers needed to round out their roster ahead of tonight’s game against the Avalanche and it was Cooper Marody that got the call. At first, I thought they might recall a veteran tweener like Brad Malone as a stopgap until one or both of those guys come back, but it makes sense that they would want to try and replace Puljumoto with a similar skillset. By my eye, it’s a smart choice for a team that desperately needs some offence from the wings. In Bakersfield, Marody is on a point per game pace while playing in all situations and this has clearly caught the attention of the big club as he’s earned his second recall in a matter of weeks.

In late October, Jason Gregor interviewed Condors Head Coach, Jay Woodcroft, and asked him about Marody’s game:

Cooper is a very good hockey player. The word I would use to describe him is ethereal. He thinks the game, he is working every day at his professional habits, the details that go into games. He has been working on his skating. I think he is a good skater at this level, but there is still room for improvement. At this level, he finds himself in a lot of the positive clips that coaches seem to find. Lots of scoring chances, protects the puck well in the O-zone and like I said, he has the vision to be able to a play, he’s got the skill.

In his first recall, Marody got into only two games with the Oilers and averaged 8:52 of ice time while playing mostly on the fourth line. That’s not an ideal spot for him to play but it’s not exactly surprising for a young guy to get his feet wet there either. What will be interesting to watch is if the Oilers coaching staff gives him a chance to play up in the lineup in a role more suited to his skillset or if they’ll continue to ease him in slowly. Personally, and maybe this is just me, I’d like to see the Oilers give him the chance to show what he can do with some skilled linemates rather than asking him to bang and crash with the fourth line boys, but I guess we’ll have to see what happens.

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In seven games with the Condors, Cooper Marody has put up 10 points (3G, 7A) with four PIMs and a +1 rating.

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Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2018-19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2
2018-19 Bakersfield Condors AHL 7 3 7 10 4 1
NHL Totals 2

Source: Edmonton Oilers, Official Twitter Account, 11/11/2018 – 9:56 am MST

    • Beer_League_Ringer

      Save the drama for your mama. Are our wingers ideal? Nope. Suggesting that RNH, Lucic, Chaisson, Kassian, etc, are not NHL players is just ludicrous. No one is saying you cannot voice an opinion, but may I ask what you think you contributed with your (ehem) insightful post?

      • kormega

        Nuge is a natural center and he’s on the wing for that reason – our wingers suck. Chiasson, Kassian, Caggiula, JJ, Rattie – all AHL-ers and belong to 4th line at best. Lucic? He was a decent NHL winger sometimes ago, Matt Martin got better stats than him, lol.

        So what’s your point? Everything is cool and they are just “not ideal”? No, they are bad.

  • OriginalPouzar

    I really wish it would have been a vet to watch from the press box.

    This really hurts the Center depth for the Condors and means Malone and Currie will be the top two centers.

    I can’t opine that Marody doesn’t deserve it with his play but, at the same time, I would rather overdevelop in Bakersfield than rush. He’s only played less than 10 pro games this year.

    He’s also more expensive on the cap than Malone or Russell and he needs to play.

    Perhaps he’s returned to the Condors for their next game – they don’t play until Friday.

  • Retort2

    The endless comments about player development are getting tiresome. T&C’s jobs depend on winning now, not next year or the year after. They really don’t give a rats ass if JP, KY or any other prospects are elite players in 2 or 3 years. I’m not sure I blame them as the coaching and GM jobs are revolving doors, would you be concerned with saving for retirement if you knew you’d never live long enough to spend it?

    • albertabeef

      how does having 20 year olds in the press box help them win now? A good GM doesn’t worry about his job, or winning now. Its his job to make this a competitive team for this year, and years to come.

  • There was a log jam in Bakersfield already with guys like Hebig ,Benson, Gambardella, Russell, Vesel, Marody and Currie down there(all of whom are producing very well). Now with Yamamoto and Jesse it’s going to be absolutely crowded in Bakersfield and guys are going to get less minutes. With all these guys down somebody had to come up and create some space and open up more minutes, Marody forced his way up the depth chart in Bakersfield and earned this shot up here. This is exactly what we want from our AHL team moving forward.

  • Rama Lama

    I’m going to be bold and predict that he will start somewhere in the bottom six get a shift and look real good. He will then be promoted to the top six get one shift and then get demoted because he did not produce instant results.

    I for one do not believe that the team is tired, and banged up according to TM. This is a coach who has lost the respect of his players, and it shows. The only firings should be the clown that put this team together……..lets finally start at the top? This team has to stop relying on only one player to get things done.