We know what you're thinking. You're saying to yourself: the February trade deadline is done, we can now focus on the playoff race and the tight battle in the Eastern and Western Conferences - and then:
BOOM! The Edmonton Oilers surprise you with a trade on Wednesday afternoon. The Oilers have acquired forward Cooper Marody from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a third round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, previously acquired from the New Jersey Devils.
The Oilers acquire the rights of the young forward, who was a sixth round pick back in 2015 by the Flyers, has recorded 14 goals and 32 assists in 47 games played in the Big Ten this season.
In his third season at Michigan, Marody was among the numerous nominees for the Hobey Baker Award.
“He’s one of those where if he doesn’t play in the NHL, he’ll play in Europe as long as he wants. He’s so creative. He’s one of those players where he just sees everything. His vision is off the charts. He sees where everybody is on the ice, very elusive. You talk to defensemen in practice and it’s like, ‘Who’s the toughest guy to control 1-on-1?’ They’ll say, ‘Cooper Marody. You’re on his back hip, you think you’ve got him, and bang, he does something and slips away," once said Fred Pletsch, an analyst for the Big Ten Network and former commissioner of college hockey’s old CCHA conference.
After numerous signings this month, the Flyers loaded up with forward prospects and had to make tough choices regarding promising young players like Marody. With limited space for all the forwards they had picked in the previous last few drafts, the Flyers decided to land a draft pick for a player that they felt may not have as high of a ceiling as some of the others could work out in their favor.
Earlier this month, the junior forward was named to the All-Big Ten first team after they rewarded him as he won the league's scoring title with 27 points in 24 games.
The Oilers were looking for a way to increase their scoring depth, and the young player could be a great addition to the roster in Edmonton.
We will surely know more next season!