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Fantasy Summary

A skilled prospect whose development curve and production has been surprising since being drafted.


Observations

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June 2022 – Marody had the exact kind of season that we have come to expect from him. He was a point-per-game on the Bakersfield Condors and was still not given much of a chance to play in the NHL. In 52 games with the Condors last season, Marody recorded 21 goals and 55 points and he had one assist in one game with the Oilers. Since turning pro in 2018, the 25-year-old winger has amassed a solid 175 points in 182 AHL games. When he has played in the NHL, the American forward has not typically been given much of a chance to showcase his offensive abilities. Marody is set to become a UFA this summer and it would not be surprising if both sides, especially Marody’s, want to move on at this point. If he returns, he will assume his role as one of the go-to offensive players on the Condors with the possibility of a call-up as an NHL tweener. Jameson Ewasiuk

March 2021 – A similar story to Tyler Benson, in that he had a great rookie campaign in 2018-2019 and then fell short last season. Last year, Marody struggled to produce, battled injuries, and just never really seemed to get his game going on a struggling Condors squad. Also, much like Benson, Marody is an average skater who does not have one defining offensive element to his game. Again, just like Benson, Marody has come out strong for the Condors this season as he has produced eight goals and 13 points so far in 10 games played. Where these two players differ, though, is in age as Benson is turning 23 this month and Marody is turning 25 in December. Age is definitely not on his side and his contract expires at the end of this campaign, so he needs to continue to produce and prove that he has bounced back. Due to Covid-19, quarantining rules, and the taxi squad, it is unlikely that Marody gets time with the big club this season even though he likely could make an equal or greater impact than some of Edmonton’s bottom-six/taxi squad forwards are currently making (I’m looking at you Kyle Turris). Jameson Ewasiuk

October 2020 – The Condors as a whole regressed last season and Marody was not exempt from this disappointment. The right-winger had one of the most underwhelming seasons of any Oilers’ prospect. After an excellent rookie pro season in the AHL in 2018-2019 where he recorded 64 points in 58 games and suited up in six games for the Oilers, Marody recorded just 17 points in 30 games last year for the Condors. He missed time due to injury which did not help his offensive setbacks and he did not suit up for any games with the Oilers. In September the 23-year-old was loaned to Dornbirner EC of the Austrian National League where he was held off the score sheet in his first game. Marody will turn 24 in December and is entering the last year of his contract so he will need to bounce back to stay in favor with the Oilers and earn himself an extension. Jameson Ewasiuk

January 2019 – To say that this season has been a disappointment for Marody would be an understatement. After a very successful AHL rookie year in which the young forward recorded 64 points in 58 games and played six games for the Oilers, Marody has found himself struggling to make a consistent impact in the AHL. This season, Marody has missed time due to injury and has recorded just 17 points in 30 games for a 0.57 points per game, a far cry from the 1.1 points per game from last year. Coming into the season Marody was seen as a favorite to earn a spot on the big club but he will need to turn it around to even be a recall option before season’s end. Jameson Ewasiuk

March 2019 – Marody has exceeded expectations in his first pro season. In 46 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL the young forward has amassed 48 points and has only gone pointless in just 12 games this season. He has played six games for the Oilers this season but was pointless in his time with the squad and played limited minutes. His skating is still a work in progress at this point but his overall game s transitioning well to the pro level. Marody has the potential to earn a spot on the Oilers as early as next season. Jameson Ewasiuk

December 2018 – Oilers’ General Manager Peter Chiarelli took some heat for trading a third round pick for Marody but it’s looking like a smart move. In his first pro season the young forward has earned multiple call ups to play on the big squad and has tallied four goals and 14 points in just 11 games for the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL. While with the Oilers he has been a healthy scratch for 12 out of 17 games and has averaged under seven minutes of playing time. On December 12th Marody was sent back down to Bakersfield. It’s still early in his time with the Oilers but there has definitely been a lot of positives with this player so far. Jameson Ewasiuk

June 2018 – 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 teams 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. Jameson Ewasiuk

December 2017  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. Edric Joseph

September 2016 – When you consider Cooper Marody’s point production prior to his freshman season at Michigan you may not have expected him to come out as strong as he did. The former sixth round selection racked up 10 goals and 14 assists through 32 games and managed to establish himself as one of Michigan’s key offensive cogs. Marody isn’t a player who generates a ton of opportunities on his own, however he compliments skilled playmakers well as he has a knack for banging home pucks in the home-plate area. Marody’s shooting ability is one of his stronger assets as he’s able to score from a distance, as well as getting his stick on bouncing pucks and eventually popping one in. He’s an intellegent player who doesn’t rely on physicality to gain puck possession, rather he maintains strong stick and body positioning in order to force turnovers. If there’s one thing Marody could do offensively to boost his offensive totals it would be improving upon his cycle play and being a more cerebral player in the sense that he often solely looks for loose change in front of the net rather than supporting his line mates and moving into better position. Long term Marody looks like he could very well be that third liner, similar to Matt Read who’s capable of posting around 35 points while bringing a much needed energy to the ice.  Brennen York

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 4.7
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth December 20, 1996
Height 6‘0”
Weight 180 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 6; Overall: 158

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Honeybaked 13U AAAT1EHL 13U31 3 710 10|        
 2011-2012 St. Mary's Prep USHS-MI7 1 34 2|        
 2012-2013 St. Mary's Prep USHS-MI26 19 2342 20|        
 2013-2014 Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL58 9 2130 36|        
 2014-2015 Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL14 2 79 4|