Player Preview: Andrew Cogliano

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Player Preview: Andrew Cogliano
His twisting, spinning one-handed goal in the first period of the team\u2019s preseason tilt with the San Jose Sharks \u2013 one that still stands as one of the best of the season \u2013 set the tone for Cogliano\u2019s breakthrough 2013-14 performance. Despite being one of the smallest players on the roster, he put together a monster season.
By AJ Manderichio
AnaheimDucks.com

As we approach training camp and the start of the 2014-15 season, AnaheimDucks.com will preview each player on the roster, highlighting last season’s accomplishments and providing insight into what you can expect this season. Our preview continues with Andrew Cogliano.

In one preseason game, Cogliano put the hockey world on notice.

His twisting, spinning one-handed goal in the first period of the team’s preseason tilt with the San Jose Sharks – one that still stands as one of the best of the season – set the tone for Cogliano’s breakthrough 2013-14 performance. Despite being one of the smallest players on the roster, he put together a monster season.

Already stellar in the defensive end, Cogliano capitalized on his offensive ability, setting career-highs in goals (21), assists (21) and points (42). The 5’10” forward helped transform the team’s “checking” line into a consistent offensive threat, one that could match the opposition’s top line while finding ways to light the lamp consistently.

He also came through in the clutch, scoring five game-winning goals during the 2013-14 season. His strong play continued on the penalty kill, where his three shorthanded goals led the team.

More impressive than all those numbers, however, is Cogliano’s Ironman streak. On December 31 vs. San Jose, he became the fifth player in NHL history, and first since Doug Jarvis, to play 500 straight NHL games from the start of his NHL career. Cogliano made his 509th consecutive appearance on Jan. 18 against the St. Louis Blues, surpassing Murray Murdoch (1926-27 to 1936-37) for sole possession of fourth on the five-player list. He has not missed a game since his NHL debut with Edmonton on Oct. 4, 2007 and ranks second on the NHL’s active Ironman list, behind only St. Louis' Jay Bouwmeester at 717.

He carried over his strong play into the playoffs, posting seven points and assisting on one of the more memorable goals in franchise history – Nick Bonino’s game-winning overtime tally to knock the Dallas Stars out of the playoffs. That moment stood as the Comeback of the Year, as voted by the fans during our Ducks Fan Awards summer series.

Gone this season are Cogliano’s familiar linemates – Daniel Winnik is now in Toronto, and Saku Koivu remains unsigned at the time of this story – but expect more of the same from Cogliano. He will likely anchor the checking line while continuing his strong defensive play and contributing on special teams.

HIGHLIGHT
The Ducks were locked in a tight race for the Pacific Division crown as they went into Calgary, an arena that’s always been a tough place to win. Tied in the third period with time winding down in regulation, Cogliano showed off his full arsenal to help pull the Ducks to victory. He began the play, coming deep into the offensive zone to gain possession on the forecheck. He quickly shrugged off his defender before finding an open spot in the left circle, where a rebound from a Stephane Robidas shot perfectly found his stick. Cogliano wasted no time firing the puck into an open net for his 21st goal and fifth game-winning tally.

BY THE NUMBERS
540:
The amount of consecutive games Cogliano has played since entering the league with the Edmonton Oilers in 2007.

21: Cogliano’s 21 goals mark the highest total in his career and the first time he’s cracked the 20-goal plateau.

5: Cogliano’s five game-winning goals tied a career-high.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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