Last I checked, Andrew Cogliano was third in NHL scoring among rookies. 21gp, 4-9-13, Even.
12:18 at EVs, 3:40 on the PP, and 2:00 on the PK, 17:58 overall tonight, -1. This compares to his first NHL game when he played 10:35 at EVs, 3:54 on the PP and didn’t see any time on the penalty kill.
Cogliano made so many good to great plays 8 miles from the Vancouver net that frankly I’m a little in awe. Earlier this fall I said he was Butch Goring, but you know that’s a little bit of “he reminds me” married to a whole lotta hope. It’s time we establish the Oilers are onto something here.
Folks, he’s 20. Fast as lightning, has some jam and some skill too, plus a brain in his head and a desire to win. They can shove the Calder, the NHL doesn’t give awards to the hinterland anymore, but this kid is ours.
And he’s from Toronto. A real-life Dave Keon born in the shadow of Harold Ballard’s big fat mouth and the Oilers drafted him.
I’m a little giddy.