The new week brings us another By The Numbers entry – we’re now on #13 Andrew Cogliano
NAME: Andrew Cogliano
SWEATER NUMBER: 13
DOB: 14 JUN 1987 (23)
NUMBERS: 11G-24A-35PTS, 64 PIM in 82 GP
2010-11 SALARY / CONTRACT: $1,000,000, will be RFA July 1st, 2011
Cogliano is a guy that always seems to find himself in the middle of trade rumours. If he never had to take another faceoff, I think he wouldn’t have to hear the half of it. Cogliano’s two greatest assets are his work ethic and his work on the PK unit.
A first round pick in 2005, Cogs hasn’t missed a game in the four years he’s been with the team. And, after a tough year in ’09-’10, his numbers improved a notch (35 pts, compared with 28 pts in ’09-’10). His work ethic is one that I’d take and replicate 18 times in my dressing room. The guy never takes a shift off, and has been a good sport a midst all of the offseason trade speculation that he’s been a part of. (See Heatley, Dany.)
A big part of what keeps Andrew Cogliano in these trade mixes is his performance at the faceoff circle. He’s had progression at times, but his 10-11 final percentage rang up at 41.6%, the lowest number on the Oilers of those who played in more than 25 games. Yikes. If the Oilers can keep him away from the faceoff circle, I can’t see why Andrew Cogliano can’t be a part of the bottom six in the coming years. Cogliano also sees primo time on the penalty kill, something that the Oilers will definitely need to improve if Edmonton wants to be selling tickets into the second week of April in the near future.
WHAT COULD BE
Cogliano understands that his performance at the dot leaves something to be desired, and expressed his willingness to change his game in order to maintain his presence at the NHL level. Cogs is a great character player to have, and like I said earlier, you can’t knock the guy’s effort. If he sees more time on the wing, he’s on the team. That being said, this could also be the year where he’s dangled as trade bait once again. Should Cogliano sign in Edmonton this offseason, it will likely be for another year similar to last year’s $1M offer.
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