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Breaking: Oilers sign 21 year old NCAA star

A sneaky good, under the radar acquisition from Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli.

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The Edmonton Oilers have officially signed 21 year old forward Cooper Marody to a three year, entry level contract.

The University of Michigan product was acquired by the Oilers from the Philadelphia Flyers late last month in a surprise post-deadline trade. The youngster recently completed a stellar NCAA career by capping off his junior season with 16 goals and 51 points in 40 games. Outstanding.

By signing a pro contract with the Oilers, Marody will turn officially turn pro next season and forgo his senior year with Michigan. Whether or not he sticks with the Oilers or he suits up for the team’s AHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors remains to be seen.

The six foot, one inch, 173 pound centre ice man was originally drafted in the 6th round (158th overall) by the Flyers back in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He’s a former USHL Clark Cup champion with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and a two time NCAA Big 10 champion. This past season he was named an NCAA First All-Star and NCAA Big 10 scoring champion. Once again, outstanding. The kid may not make an immediate impact in the NHL, but there’s no denying that he’s a top prospect. If the Oilers can afford to show some patience with him and work him into the lineup slowly, there’s no telling what this kid can do. Kudos to Oilers management for making a sneaky good, under the radar acquisition with the Marody trade. 

Read below for the full press release, courtesy of EdmontonOilers.com:

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Cooper Marody to a three-year entry-level contract.

Marody, 21, spent the 2017-18 season with the University of Michigan Wolverines (BIG-10), leading the team with 51 points and assists (35), ranked second in goals (16) and led Michigan with a +20 plus/minus rating. He set career highs in 2017-18 in games played (40), goals (16), assists (35), points (51), penalty minutes (24) and plus-minus (+20).

The 6'0", 190-pound forward recorded four points (2G, 2A) in the NCAA tournament, helping Michigan advance to the NCAA Frozen Four.

The Brighton, Michigan native has spent three seasons with the University of Michigan, accumulating 90 points (31G, 59A) and 52 penalty minutes in 90 career NCAA games.

Marody was originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 6th round, 158th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.