This is Robert Thomas Goring. The photo is wrong. Transposed? Is that what they call it? He shot left and this photo makes it look like he’s a righty. I imagine he parted his hair on the other side too, but it’s hard to find a pic of Butch without the famous helmet (which he wore through the birth canal).
Goring came to the Los Angeles Kings training camp in the summer of 1969 without much fanfare. He was selected in the 5th round of the NHL draft that summer, after having a wonderful final season in junior with the Winnipeg Jets.
He finished his junior career with the Dauphin Kings (12gp, 8-8-16) on their Memorial Cup run. He played 19 games with Springfield of the AHL in 69-70 (19gp, 13-7-20) before arriving in the NHL for good and scoring 59gp, 13-23-36 in the regular season for the NHL Kings. He spent most of the following season in the minors before arrving for good fall 1971.
Goring was a beauty two-way undersized center in the tradition of Dave Keon and Ralph Backstrom. He was a quality player for a long time, durable and able to fill multiple roles. He rarely took a penalty, in fact took NO penalties in 80-81.
Cogliano takes more penalties than Goring, and is bigger (one inch and 15 pounds, which makes them a good match considering the generation gap) and faster but comes with a similar skill set. The Oilers are not an organization that sets up their kids for runs at the Calder, mostly because they’re trying to win hockey games and they’re drafting middle of the pack. The two rookies who might have been strong Calder candidates under MacT (Comrie and Hemsky) had specific reasons for not being ROY favorites (Comrie bolted to junior for half a season in order to strong arm a contract, and Hemsky was kept up as a teenager and didn’t get the minutes required for a strong Calder run).
Cogliano might be the best chance in a long time for this organization to have a Calder Trophy winner. The one thing holding his chances back at this point may be another outstanding kid (Sam Gagner).
If Cogliano becomes anything close to Goring, the Oilers need to give their 2000-07 scouting staff props.
So do the fans.