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.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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