Cooper Marody is a good hockey player. In the two years he was healthy and playing for the Bakersfield Condors, he scored 40-60-100 in 97 games. He got a recall in 2018-19, played six games while management was firing the coaching staff into the sun and the new coach pleaded for Jesse Puljujarvi.
Marody hasn’t been ghosted by the organization, Edmonton qualified him and it appears Marody will get a contract and a look in training camp. Does he have a chance?
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- He can’t skate! I saw Pierre Bouchard, Teddy Purcell and Patrick Maroon skate. You can’t tell me Marody isn’t worth 60 games in a single season to see if he can move the needle. The man posts offense in a very good league. He’s earned the opportunity.
- Who could he be? Rem Murray.
- Oh go to hell. Seriously. Offensively, Murray peaked with 39 points in 78 NHL games. Last season, Marody’s NHLE (82 games) was 21-16-37. I think Marody could have that kind of career.
- Murray arrived in the NHL much earlier. Marody is 24, Murray turned 24 early in his rookie NHL year.
- He can’t skate! We already did that.
- Where could he land an NHL job? Right wing with the Oilers. Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto, Zack Kassian and Josh Archibald are the incumbents. I have Marody as next man up, first recall if someone gets hurt or slumps.
- He’s going to get run over by the kids! Behind him on the RW depth chart are (depending on where the team deploys them) Raphael Lavoie, Kirill Makskimov, and of course there are names like Seth Griffith and Ostap Safin also in photo. I think there’s a window of opportunity here for Marody.
- He isn’t good as a two-way player. Thanks to the hard work of Eric Rodgers, we have all three seasons of Marody’s AHL career covered. Aside from being a quality scorer, he has been an outscorer in his two healthy seasons. Beginning in in 2018-19, he on-ice even strength goal differentials were: 60-26 (69.8 percent) in 2018-19; 15-23 (39.5 percent) in 2019-20; 39-21 (65 percent) in 2020-21. When healthy, Marody is a dominant AHL player at even strength.
- So, if he’s so good why isn’t he in the NHL already? I think his timing was bad as bad can be on the first recall. He came up under Todd McLellan, played two games in October and was sent down. In November he was recalled and played two games under McLellan (over 12 minutes versus Vegas) and played the Nov. 20 (McLellan was fired earlier in the day) and one more game under Hitchcock. That’s all she wrote. Bad timing, that’s all.
- Do you really believe in Cooper Marody? Yes, I believe he’s earned 500 at-bats, a full season in the NHL to see what kind of impact he can have in the world’s best league. If he can’t make it, at least you’ll know.
- Will he make it? Don’t know. He looked like a goner but the Oilers qualified him. That suggests there’s value placed on him, and maybe that turns into NHL work. We’re still learning about Holland, and we do know that the DRW deployed men in the minors for a long time and still considered them solutions. I think he could fill-in on a recall if there’s an issue with one of the right-wingers, and the fourth line doesn’t have to be all PKers now that there are a few more sprinkled in the top-9 forwards.
- Will he make it? This is a big year.
My preference would be Koekkoek, but both men have value. It will impact William Lagesson, who will likely play in Bakersfield this year, and could impact Kris Russell and Evan Bouchard. Koekkoek can play both sides.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN 1260, we have a fun two hours planned and maybe we get some Oilers news, too. Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal stops by for his weekly visit, we’ll talk about Brendan Perlini, Cooper Marody and remember Tony Esposito. Joe Osborne from OddsShark will tell me how much to hit the over early in the NHL season on teams with high octane offense and defensive holes. Can’t think of any specific teams, but that will be an interesting conversation. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!