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Player Preview: Andrew Cogliano

Tuesday, 09.2.2014 / 10:00 AM PT / News
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Player Preview: Andrew Cogliano
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.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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