Anyway, Andrew Cogliano.
He’s one of very few Oilers forward prospects (Trukhno, O’Marra, maybe Nash) who have a wide range of skills. He’s undersized, but on the other side of the ledger is speed, stickhandling, passing skills, ability to see the ice well, and on it goes. There’s not much he does on the ice that I’ve read or seen to cause concern.
He had a very good junior season in college and signed a pro contract after two seasons, which is what pretty much all the really good ones do. The Oilers have called him “Marchant with hands” which is a shot at Marchant but if Cogliano can have a similar career I don’t think anyone should complain. Marchant has done things to help his team win for a long time in the highest league available.
Andrew Cogliano’s indicators are all flashing green (as in go). At 19 years old, he scored 38gp, 24-26-50 +7 on 89 shots with Michigan. At 18, Mike Cammalleri scored 42gp, 29-32-61 +29 on 162 shots with Michigan, which implies that Cogliano isn’t quite in the same offensive range as Cammalleri (all things being equal). In terms of size and what we read, they have many other things in common so it’s a nice visual comp if a reach in terms of stats.
Cammalleri spent large portions of his first two pro seasons in the AHL (playing well) and ripped it up in the lockout season. When the NHL returned, he emerged as a genuine talent and at this time we don’t have an established level of ability because the arrow keeps moving up each season. His 06-07 season was splendid. At 25, he’s a guy the Kings can count on for years to come.
If we use Cammalleri as a comp and nick Cogliano some homers and ribbies, and add some fine play without the puck, is that fair? If we say a 65 point center who is a solid two-way player with speed whose only blemish is size, would that be fair?
One thing we can say about Andrew Cogliano that makes him somewhat unique among current Oilers’ prospects? His resume reads like the foundation a legit NHL player.