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Player Preview: Andrew Cogliano

Tuesday, 09.02.2014 / 1:00 PM / News
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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 ANA 37 23 8 6 105 100 52
2 CHI 36 24 10 2 112 74 50
3 NSH 34 23 9 2 99 71 48
4 STL 35 21 11 3 103 90 45
5 WPG 36 19 10 7 92 84 45
6 LAK 36 18 11 7 100 89 43
7 SJS 36 19 12 5 100 93 43
8 VAN 33 20 11 2 99 91 42
9 CGY 37 19 15 3 108 99 41
10 MIN 33 16 13 4 96 93 36
11 DAL 34 15 14 5 99 116 35
12 COL 35 13 14 8 92 106 34
13 ARI 35 13 18 4 82 113 30
14 EDM 36 7 22 7 76 125 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 36 12 28 10 40
R. Kesler 37 12 15 -1 27
S. Vatanen 37 9 15 2 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 37 15 4 12 19
C. Fowler 36 4 14 1 18
J. Silfverberg 37 4 12 2 16
H. Lindholm 36 4 11 11 15
P. Maroon 29 2 13 -4 15
D. Smith-Pelly 33 4 10 5 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 19 5 5 .916 2.34

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