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Top 10 Who Got Away: Andrew Cogliano (5)

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Robin Brownlee
6 years ago
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 yrsANA
538
100
122
222
59
156
10.3
14:57
4 yrsEDM
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

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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

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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.

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