At training camp, prospects are trying to stand out in a crowd. It will be extremely difficult for any AHL level players to get traction at Oilers training camp when it next arrives. There will be little time to climb the depth chart.
There MAY be quality there at camp, Bouchard and Benson and Marody and others, but the window is hours and days as opposed to weeks and weeks.
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He started bubble camp on the ‘sixth’ line with Tyler Benson and Ryan McLeod, that trio having some impressive scrimmage moments in camp. Marody’s two training camps (2018 and 2019 fall) saw solid performances (in 5 games over those two seasons, he scored 1-2-3 at five on five in 56:04 (3.21 per 60). All of his possession stats are positive, and his regular season performance (six games in 2018-19) remains intriguing and screaming for a larger sample six. In those six games, Marody didn’t post any points, but his line won the shot share 24-16 (60 percent) with Marody’s five takeaways/no giveaways performance forever intriguing.
I don’t know if he’s fast enough to play center and don’t know if there’s room on right wing. I do know that his competition, which includes Gaetan Haas at center and Alex Chiasson on right wing, are in better spots entering a short training camp. Marody has been loaned to the Austrian League, which isn’t perfect but it’s ice and practice and games and staying in shape. No one is going to have an easy go if it during the time of Covid-19, but there are jobs to be won, careers to be forged, and opportunities for those who pursue their goals. Cooper Marody has a chance.
This is not a surprise, in my opinion. As I understand the deal, Lavoie and his agent wanted a bigger challenge than the QMJHL would offer in 2020-21, and pursued a deal with Rogle (SHL). Lavoie auditioned, the club felt they could go in another direction and we are here. You can view this as a negative, but I love the fact this young man believes in himself and his abilities. Keep reaching for the stars Raphael Lavoie, and keep on pushing for higher ground.
This is probably the top player to watch this year, we know Evan Bouchard’s ability but Broberg is an emerging player in the SHL. By minutes he appears to be on the third pair (with Jacob Andersson). He picked up a second assist later in the game, and as of mid-second period had played over 10 minutes.