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The Ballad Of Andrew Cogliano

Andrew Cogliano is the only player from last year’s starting roster that hasn’t yet been offered a contract, or signed an offer sheet with another club.

Does he have a future with the Edmonton Oilers?

Andrew Cogliano is a really good character in this organisation.  I say this because as an Oiler, he’s been put through the wringer.

Cogliano was a big chunk of the trade rumour that was to acquire then-disgruntled Senators forward Dany Heatley.  As you remember, Heatley wanted nothing of Edmonton, and Cogliano remained an Oiler.  I can’t imagine how frustrating that must have been for him to embrace the organisation that wanted to jettison you.  He did.

He even dressed up as Dany Heatley that Halloween.  That takes a lot of stones to be able to do that.

On the ice, Andrew Cogliano has been somewhat of a mystery.

Cogliano showed great promise offensively in 2007-2008, finishing with 18G-27A for 45 PTS in 82 games.  The future looked bright for Cogliano on the 3C.  His faceoff-win percentage was going to need some work (38.3%), but as a rookie, things can change.

Cogliano’s numbers dipped slightly in  2008-09,  finishing with 18-20-38 – still respectable for a second year player, but with the faceoff-win percentage dipping yet again (36.7), there was some concern.

Fast forward to the award winning season that was 2009-10, and it doesn’t take a scientist to see that unless Cogliano had linemates of Gagner and Penner, he was going to have a rough go out there.  Cogliano finished 2009-10 at 10-18-28. This year saw Cogliano play more wing than centre, in an attempt that I can only think would be to keep him out of the faceoff circle.

So where does that leave us on Andrew Cogliano?  He’s still young – 23 to be exact.  What do you think, should Edmonton take a chance?

As a winger, yes.

  • The Oilers were absolutely abysmal last season.  If Cogliano is placed on a 3W line, should he improve?  I’d like to say yes.  Brule is on the squad for the next two seasons with everything and more to prove.  If Eberle makes the cut and finds himself in town, I’d at least be interested to see the chemistry on that line.  I don’t know what will happen to Ryan Jones if this happens, as he’s on a one-way deal.  I’d pay to see the Brule-Eberle-Cogs connection a few times if it gels.
  • Sign Cogliano?  Sure.  Keep him away from the dot.  He’s bled and bled and bled there for the last few seasons, and while I’m inclined that his offensive numbers will improve with the right line combo and some time on the wing, I can’t safely recommend that anything will change after three seasons of sub-40% faceoff victories.

Signing Cogliano would put the clamps on management to find something to do with Ryan Jones, a potential 3W.  With all of these one-way contracts being flung around (especially on goaltenders),  I can’t help but think Tambellini and Co.  is trying to keep teams from looking at Edmonton’s waiver wire throughout the season.

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