With a season like the Anaheim Ducks have had, there are obviously no shortage of contributors. One player who is actually a pretty key piece to what they’re accomplishing in 2013 doesn’t get enough credit for doing what he does. That player is Andrew Cogliano.
Last year was kind of a rough year for Cogliano, his first with the Ducks. He bounced all around the lineup, which made it hard for him to find any sort of consistency. He finished with only 26 points on the year, with an even split between goals and assists. This year, that hasn’t been the case.
Cogliano has been a steady player for the Ducks, all year long. Finally with some consistency as far as his role and his linemates go, he’s enjoyed some success this season, really for the first time since his rookie year. If this were a full season, he’d probably eclipse his rookie total of 45 points, which still stands as a career best.
On the year, Cogliano has 12 goals and 10 assists. He’s fifth on the team in points and has the second highest goal total on the team. He’s also a very solid plus-16 on the year.
Cogliano helps out in other ways, other than being a solid offensive player. He’s one of the team’s top penalty killers, ranking fourth on the team in shorthanded minutes per game. The only area where he doesn’t contribute is on the power play, where he’s played less than six minutes total this season.
It’s pretty clear that the coaching change in Anaheim has benefited Andrew Cogliano. He looks more comfortable with where he is and having a set position has done him well. That has translated to some success on the ice for the first time in a couple of years for the 25-year-old.