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Top 10 Who Got Away: Andrew Cogliano (5)

I never had much faith in Steve Tambellini during his tenure as GM of the Edmonton Oilers. Tambellini, who sat in the big chair from 2008-13, seemed to me to be the hockey antithesis of Kyle MacDonald, the young man who rose to fame in 2005 for starting with a paperclip and trading up to a house in the course of 14 transactions made over a year. Tambellini, on the other hand, had a knack for turning a reasonably good asset into a hand sandwich, and that’s exactly what he did when he sent away Andrew Cogliano.

On July 12, 2011, Tambellini traded the speedy Cogliano, who’d been a pretty handy player in four seasons with the Oilers, to the Anaheim Ducks for a second-round draft pick in 2013. That pick turned into Marco Roy, a centre from the QMJHL who never did play a game for the Oilers or any other team in the NHL for that matter. Cogliano, meanwhile, turned into the reigning ironman of the NHL by playing in 830 consecutive games for the Ducks before having his streak snapped by a bogus two-game suspension last season. He’s not a big point producer by any stretch, but he’s a reliable winger who can score a little (or a lot, compared to Roy), play in the top-nine and kill penalties. Sure.

Andrew Cogliano

Left Wing — shoots L
Born Jun 14th, 1987 — Toronto, ONT
Height 5.10 — Weight 177 [178 cm/80 kg]

Drafted by Edmonton Oilers

Round 1 #25 overall 2005 NHL Entry Draft

BY THE NUMBERS

Season

Age

Tm

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

S%

ATOI

Awards

2007-08

20

EDM

82

18

27

45

1

20

18.4

13:40

Calder-9
2008-09

21

EDM

82

18

20

38

-6

22

15.5

14:24

2009-10

22

EDM

82

10

18

28

-5

31

7.2

14:11

2010-11

23

EDM

82

11

24

35

-12

64

8.5

17:15

2011-12

24

ANA

82

13

13

26

-4

15

11.3

14:42

2012-13

25

ANA

48

13

10

23

14

6

16.5

15:22

Byng-32
2013-14

26

ANA

82

22

20

42

13

26

13.9

15:24

2014-15

27

ANA

82

15

14

29

5

14

11.2

14:36

2015-16

28

ANA

82

9

23

32

2

28

6.9

14:26

Byng-38,Selke-23
2016-17

29

ANA

82

16

19

35

11

26

9.0

15:08

2017-18

30

ANA

80

12

23

35

18

41

6.9

15:12

7 yrs ANA

538

100

122

222

59

156

10.3

14:57

4 yrs EDM

328

57

89

146

-22

137

11.8

14:52

Career

866

157

211

368

37

293

10.8

14:55

PLAYOFFS

Season

Age

Tm

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

S%

ATOI

2012-13

25

ANA

7

0

1

1

-3

4

0.0

15:47

2013-14

26

ANA

13

1

6

7

-2

8

5.9

14:54

2014-15

27

ANA

16

3

6

9

9

4

6.4

16:16

2015-16

28

ANA

7

2

2

4

-1

0

33.3

14:24

2016-17

29

ANA

17

1

2

3

-3

9

3.1

13:49

2017-18

30

ANA

4

1

0

1

1

2

9.1

15:00

Career

64

8

17

25

1

27

6.5

15:00

WITH THE OILERS

In the days before the Oilers’ decade-long rebuild “officially” began with the arrival of Taylor Hall, it looked for a brief time as if youngsters like Cogliano, Sam Gagner and Robert Nilsson might become a young core the Oilers could build on. In his rookie season, 2007-08, Cogliano had 18 goals and had 45 points (Gagner had 49 points and Nilsson 41 in just 71 games). I remember vividly how Cogliano bristled when Jim Matheson and I likened him to Todd Marchant, in large part because of his speed and stature, during a dressing room interview. Cogliano, politely, suggested he thought he could put up better numbers. Nothing wrong with a kid being confident.

It wasn’t to be, of course, as Cogliano never did manage to replicate that rookie season with the Oilers during his next three years in Edmonton (that 45-point season remains the high-water mark for his career). That didn’t mean, at least to me, that Cogliano didn’t have value, it simply meant he and Gagner would have to play behind the emerging Hall and Jordan Eberle. They would be top-nine guys, just not go-to guys. Tambellini, apparently, saw things differently. So, off Cogliano went to Anaheim and there he remains today. Roy spent last season in the ECHL with Fort Wayne.

DOWN THE ROAD

Tambellini, you might recall, tried to unload Cogliano before the Anaheim deal. In the summer of 2009, he was part of a package with Ladislav Smid and Dustin Penner the Oilers offered — the offer was leaked — the Ottawa Senators in attempt to get Dany Heatley, but Heatley nixed the deal with his no-trade clause. It was obvious then Cogliano’s days with the Oilers were numbered. After back-to-back seasons of 18 goals, Cogliano dropped to 10 and then 11. That’s when Tambellini went to work.

Used mainly as a centre in Edmonton, Cogliano moved to the wing with the Ducks and he hasn’t looked back since. Through 11 NHL seasons, Cogliano has played 866 games, missing just those two games for a late hit on Adrian Kempe of the Los Angeles Kings. Simply put, Cogliano has been a reliable third-line player in Anaheim behind names higher on the marquee like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. He’s been good for 35-40 points a season and he signed a three-year contract extension in January that’ll take him through the 2020-21 season.

This series of various Top 10 lists will focus on the post-1990 Oilers – the players who haven’t played on a Stanley Cup winner in Edmonton.

Previously in this Series:

  • ubermiguel

    Cogs’ conversion to a winger was a smart move; who knows if that would have ever happened here. Now he probably looks back at the Marchant comparison as a compliment, having a long productive NHL career is an accomplishment regardless of point totals.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    And people say Peter Chiarelli is the worst GM in this organizations history. Tambo’s moves (from what I remember) didn’t do anything to help the team and this is another classic example. Not sure if he’d like to come back here (doubt it considering California is Eden compared to Canada), but if we can try and get him back, I’d try it.

  • SRELIOFAN

    Knowing the Oilers, if Cogliano was still on the team, he would still be playing the wing…probably on the 4th line. Until Chiarelli traded him for a 13 year old kid who has a dream of playing hockey at Boston College when he grows up.

  • Gravis82

    Tambo was good at doing nothing. He should have just kept doing that. We would be in a much better place if all he did was, well, nothing.

    Draft. Sign players for mediocre slight overpaid contracts. No FA signings, no trades except UFA years. Keep the best players and let the others fade away.

  • Fat Steve

    I prefer this blog as opposed to the other Oilers blogs out there, I’ve read this blog since before this happened but decided against posting comments until now.
    There was a negotiation for his 4th year contract(2010-11)that had some hiccups. I cant remember exactly what he wanted that year but it wasn’t that appealing.
    So both sides settled on 1y for 1M.
    The fans knew that he was going for 3.5m and mgmt didn’t agree and offered 2.25M therefore he was traded away because of it. Not all player/trades work out but the Oilers had the right idea trading him they just traded for the wrong guys that’s all. Ask yourself this; is he worth 3.0M a year now in an ultra inflated salary NHL? If so paying him 3.5M back then was not the right move. So he didn’t “get away” he was traded away for contractual reasons. That’s the way I see it.

    • “The fans knew . . . ” Your information is incorrect. Sam Gagner got $2.275 M X 2 in his second contract after coming off a 41-point season. Cogliano was coming off a 28-point season, the worst of his entry level contract. His ask was never $3.5 M. He was deemed expendable after bouncing back only slightly with 35 points in his fourth season.

      • Fat Steve

        I forgot to put 3.5m2yr. So it think it was 1.7m/y, also he didn’t want to play on the wing but ended up there on the ducks anyway. Whatever the case he didn’t “get away”. I’m also done with the internet banter, I’ll just go back to reading the articles.