Cooper Marody

Breaking down why Flyers traded Cooper Marody

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Breaking down why Flyers traded Cooper Marody

The Flyers on Wednesday traded NCAA prospect Cooper Marody’s rights to the Edmonton Oilers for a 2019 third-round draft pick that originally belonged to the New Jersey Devils.

Marody enjoyed a breakout junior season at Michigan University in 2017-18. The 21-year-old led the Wolverines with 32 assists, 46 points and 1.24 points per game.

His 32 assists were tied for third-most in the nation, while his 46 points were tied for ninth most. He made the Big Ten All-Tournament team and was the Big Ten scoring champion.

Let’s make sense of why the Flyers moved Marody and why it’s a good return.

One, he was a 2015 sixth-round draft pick with little NHL upside. Essentially, this boils down to a sixth-round pick netting you a third-rounder, which has a higher probability of hitting.

Two, the Flyers’ pipeline is loaded with forwards, and the book on Marody doesn’t project him to be a top-six forward. Think of him as a solid AHL player with bottom-six NHL potential.

Three, the contract limit. The Flyers are currently at 47 contracts, three under the limit. Sure, four players are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this summer with four more hitting restricted free agency. They could easily fit Marody under the contract limit but it goes back to No. 2.

Another potential factor is the 2019 third-rounder the Flyers owe the Red Wings if they make the playoffs since Petr Mrazek has won five games already with the team. They now have a third-rounder in that draft.

Any way we slice it, the Flyers turned a sixth-rounder into a third-rounder. If Marody proves the Flyers wrong, so be it. If not, it's no big deal. The chances of winning this trade are higher than losing it.

Up next for Flyers prospect Cooper Marody, the NCAA Tournament

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Up next for Flyers prospect Cooper Marody, the NCAA Tournament

Before this week begins, it’s time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers’ prospects.

Cooper Marody, C, 21, 6-1/185, Michigan (NCAA)
Marody did all he could, but it wasn’t enough to send Michigan to the Big Ten title game.

Still, the No. 11-ranked Wolverines are a near lock for the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday, Marody potted two goals against No. 6 Ohio State, but Michigan fell, 3-2, in overtime.

The junior leads Michigan with 32 assists and 46 points in 37 games. His 14 goals are second on the Wolverines. Nationally, Marody’s 32 helpers are second-most and his 46 points are tied for seventh.

Pascal Laberge, C, 19, 6-1/162, Quebec (QMJHL)
Make it eight straight for Laberge.

Laberge extended his point streak to eight games last week, adding two assists Thursday and a goal and an assist Friday.

During his streak, Laberge has collected five goals and 13 points. Following a trade to Quebec, Laberge has started to find the consistency that’s been missing over the past two seasons.

In his last 27 games, Laberge has 11 goals and 15 assists — he was pointless in his first three games with the Remparts. On the season, Laberge has 17 goals and 46 points.

Morgan Frost, C, 18, 5-11/172, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
With the OHL season winding down, time is running out for Frost to regain the scoring lead.

But it’s still possible.

Frost’s point streak reached 11 games last week. During this streak, he has 11 assists and 19 points. In 64 games, Frost has 40 goals (fourth), 67 assists (second) and 107 points (second).

Not only does Frost’s plus-68 rating lead the OHL but it also leads all of the CHL.

The centerman trails Barrie’s Aaron Luchuk (110 points) for the OHL scoring lead.

Quick Hits
• OSU’s Tanner Laczynski picked up the primary assist on Matthew Weis’ OT winner Saturday.

The Buckeyes will face No. 5 Notre Dame Saturday in the Big Ten championship game.

• Isaac Ratcliffe had a goal and an assist in three games for Guelph, and while he did not score on this breakaway Saturday, he did flash some silky hands.

• Matthew Strome had a two-goal game Saturday vs. Niagara. He leads Hamilton with 37 goals.

• German Rubtsov is working with a point streak of his own, as the 2016 first-round pick had a goal and two assists in three games. He has seven points during his five-game point streak.

• Carter Hart’s ridiculous 2017-18 season continued. He stopped 62 of 66 shots in two games. His six-game win streak ended Sunday night with a 2-0 loss.

• Phantoms center Mikhail Vorobyev added a goal and two more assists. He has four assists and seven points in his past six games.

• Owen Sound’s Maksim Sushko tallied his 30th goal. Four of the Flyers’ 2017 draft picks have reached the 30-goal mark this season. Sushko joins Frost, Strome and Ratcliffe in that club.

A Flyers 2nd-round prospect is heating up

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A Flyers 2nd-round prospect is heating up

Before this week begins, it's time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers' prospects playing in the AHL, overseas and at the junior and college levels.

Pascal Laberge, C, 19, 6-1/192, Quebec (QMJHL)
Laberge has tended to be a streaky prospect this season.

Right now, he's on one of his hot streaks.

The 2016 second-round pick ripped off six points (two goals, four assists) in three games last week. He has three goals and seven points over his last four contests after posting just a goal and an assist in his previous nine.

Following a concussion-marred 2016-17 and a midseason trade this year, Laberge may finally be getting comfortable.

Morgan Frost, C, 18, 5-11/172, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Frost, in a prove-it year of sorts, is showing just about everything.

Among it all: he's a goal scorer, too, and not just a playmaker.

In Sault Ste. Marie's 6-2 win over London Sunday, the 2017 first-round pick lit the lamp twice more and finished as a plus-3 with nine shots on goal.

Frost's progression through the junior level has been remarkable. He's gone from seven goals in 2015-16 to 20 in 2016-17 and now 37 with games to play this season. Not to mention, he owns 98 points and a plus-60 rating.

And check out some of this skill:

Cooper Marody, C, 21, 6-1/185, Michigan (NCAA)
Marody's special season in Ann Arbor is not slowing down.

The junior had four points (one goal, three assists) as No. 13 Michigan swept a two-game weekend set from Arizona State.

Through 34 games, Marody, a 2015 sixth-round pick, leads the Big Ten in points (41) and is tied for third among the nation in assists (29).

Next up for him is the Big Ten Tournament.

Quick hits
• An eight-game point streak of one goal and 12 assists was snapped for Travis Sanheim, who went scoreless in the Phantoms' 2-1 loss Friday to Syracuse. The 21-year-old has 15 points in as many games with Lehigh Valley.

Carter Hart picked up three straight wins last week for Everett, stopping 80 of 83 shots faced. Both his 1.53 goals-against average and .951 save percentage lead the WHL.

Matthew Strome has 34 goals on the season after scoring three last week for Hamilton, including this nifty one:

• Battling injury and some inconsistency, 2016 first-round pick German Rubtsov on Thursday scored his first goal since Jan. 26.

• Tallying an assist Saturday, Guelph's Isaac Ratcliffe set a new career high in points with 55.

• Kitchener center Connor Bunnaman recorded a four-point week (two goals, two assists) in three games.

Anthony Salinitri had his point streak end at nine games, but the 2016 sixth-round pick still put up three assists in four contests for Sarnia.

• With the USHL's Omaha Lancers, 2017 fifth-round pick Noah Cates scored two goals last week and is on a four-game point streak.

Philippe Myers had a pair of assists in the Phantoms' 6-4 win Wednesday over Utica, while Samuel Morin (undisclosed injury), who hasn't played since Jan. 20, is still out.

Tanner Laczynski netted two goals in Ohio State's 6-2 win over Wisconsin Friday.

• Goalie prospect Felix Sandstrom has yet to make his debut with his new team, HV71, of the SHL.