The writing was on the wall for this as soon as Edmonton traded for Marody's rights earlier this year:
The #Oilers have signed Cooper Marody to a three-year ELC. The 21-year-old forward, whose rights were acquired from Philadelphia on March 21, led @umichhockey with 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) in 40 games this season. pic.twitter.com/vUn9NNjqva
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 8, 2018
Even though his departure was more or less expected, Marody is a big loss for a team that now loses its entire top line and often struggled to put up points with 2-4. Michigan's incoming class is large and old but might not have many instant impact guys to pick up the slack; M will be banking on roster-wide improvements to maintain their scoring punch.