Cooper Marody
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Cooper Marody

Hometown:

Brighton Michigan

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-12-20

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

6th round (158th overall), 2015

Weight:

177 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Cooper Marody skated for St. Mary’s Prep in Orchard Lake, Michigan as the Bulldogs reached the MHSAA Division I semifinals, falling to Brighton, 2-1, in double overtime. In seven games he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes. 

2012-13: Marody led St. Mary’s Prep in scoring as a senior and was an MIHL North first-team selection. He scored 19 goals with 23 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 26 games. Marody participated in USA Hockey’s Select 15 Development Camp and was selected by Green Bay in the ninth round (130th overall) in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft. 

2013-14: Marody attended Muskegon’s camp as a free agent after not being signed by Green Bay and skated for the Lumberjacks in his first USHL season. In 58 games he scored 9 goals with 21 assists and was -1 with 36 penalty minutes. The Lumberjacks finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Green Bay for the final playoff spot. Marody committed to playing college hockey at the University of Michigan in 2015-16 in December 2013.

2014-15: Marody began the year with Muskegon before being acquired by eventual Clark Cup champion Sioux Falls in a trade in December. He scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was -3 with 4 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Lumberjacks, missing time in October due to an injury. Marody flourished in Sioux Falls on a line with Kieffer Bellows and Calgary native Logan O’Connor. In 38 regular season games he scored 20 goals with 29 assists and was +4 with 28 penalty minutes. Sioux Falls, after finishing fourth in the Western Conference, captured the playoff championship, defeating Muskegon in the Clark Cup Finals. Marody scored 1 goal with 11 assists and was +6 with 10 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. He was invited to the NHL Prospects Combine in June and was ranked 53rd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. Philadelphia selected Marody in the sixth round (158th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Marody skated in 32 of 38 games for the University of Michigan in his freshman season. He scored 10 goals with 14 assists and had an even plus/minus with 20 penalty minutes. The Wolverines finished second to Minnesota in the Big 10 regular season but defeated the Gophers, 5-3, in the conference tournament championship game to earn an NCAA automatic berth. Michigan defeated Notre Dame, 3-2, in overtime in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals before falling to the Fighting Sioux, 5-2.

Talent Analysis

Drafted late, Marody could become a steal. Marody is a good player who’s faced adversity throughout his career. He’s a skilled forward and cares about his defensive game. But there’s still a long way for Marody, a Michigan recruit, to develop.

Future

Marody made a smooth transition from the USHL to college hockey in 2015-16, scoring 10 goals in a lower line role for the University of Michigan as a freshman. With several Wolverines moving on to pro hockey, including outstanding freshman Kyle Connor (WPG), Marody should have a more prominent role as a sophomore. He projects as a second or third line center with some scoring ability at the pro level.

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