This in from multiple sources, the Edmonton Oilers trading away prospect John Marino to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a sixth round pick.The Journal’s Jim Matheson notes: “Marino wasn’t going to sign with Oilers before becoming free agent. Good move by Edm to get something for the college D man.”In our Cult of Hockey prospect rankings, we had Marino ranked 27th overall this year. Below is the full report from the sharp-eyed Bruce McCurdy on Marino:#27 John Marino, age 22, 6’1, 181 pounds, #154 overall pick in 2016 NHL DraftThis is Marino’s fifth appearance on our summer list, and his lowest ranking yet. He debuted at #25 in 2015, moved up a notch the next year after a solid USHL season, then peaked at #17 after a strong freshman campaign in Harvard University. Last summer he was #22 after running in place in Year 2 — a pretty solid place, mind, with 16 points and +21 in 33 games after 15 and +20 as a freshman. In 2018-19, he took a step back with just 11 points and -3. Presumably his role was primarily defensive in nature, given the top two scorers on the Crimson were both defencemen (!), including NY Rangers super prospect Adam Fox and his 48 points.Marino’s status is currently uncertain. CapFriendly suggest he will remain on Edmonton’s reserve list until 2020 Aug 15, but this article from the Crimson’s own page suggests otherwise:As with Fox, Marino, a 2015 sixth-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers organization, is facing a decision on his professional future. After being drafted, Marino skated in the USHL for a season, eroding one year off the Oilers’ four-year stake to the junior’s negotiating rights. So Marino has the potential to become a free agent after this summer’s Aug. 15 deadline. For the time being, however, the shutdown blue-liner has tabled an official verdict on his post-Harvard career and looks forward to the opportunity to lead the Harvard squad.It’s likely a moot point given the player’s stated intention to finish out his Harvard eligibility, but what the timeline is after that is uncertain. But he’s a smart guy (Harvard, eh) and with free agency beckoning it seems unlikely he will choose to sign with an organization as deep in blueline prospects as the Oilers.Expectations for 2019-20: A strong bounceback season as a co-captain in Harvard, with a bigger offensive role following Fox’s early departure for the NHL.At the Cult of HockeyMcCurdy: Tough slogging for forward prospects Safin, Hebig and BlumelPreviously in the prospect seriesThis year’s rankings were obtained by the average of five raters: the Cult of Hockey’s homegrown trio of David Staples, Bruce McCurdy and Kurt Leavins, along with our Edmonton Journal colleague and long-time Oilers scribe Jim Matheson and OHL prospect expert Sean Patrick Ryan of The Oil Knight.