At live look in on tonight’s Anaheim Ducks vs. St. Louis Blues match-up, the Ducks are in the familiar position of being up a goal; the difference created by Toronto native Andrew Cogliano. But perhaps as familiar as that winning feeling is for Anaheim these days, the feeling of having the help of Cogliano to make it happen is even more common.
With 17 goals, 14 assists and plenty of games still left on the schedule, the Ducks center is merely one goal shy of his all-time regular season high at 18. And while playing on a team with the kind of chemistry the Ducks have displayed this season is clearly a bonus for any hockey player, Cogliano’s success in recent months is not simply one of other’s doing. In fact, most night’s in Anaheim you would be hard pressed to find another player on the team working harder.
It’s no secret in Anaheim just how serious Cogliano was about his play coming into the year. Early on, during an interview with Ducks TV, he described his plan of attack on the season — clean eating, working out, taking care of his health. He even was able to get a few teammates to join in on the fun with him.
All are simple steps for anyone’s day to day success, but perhaps a few that are lost at times on athletes. And due to the style of conditioning it’s no fluke that this season, on December 31st to be exact, Cogliano became only the 20th player in NHL history to play in 500 consecutive games, and only the 5th to have that record start at the beginning of his career.
While dedication and job seriousness all play a role in Cogliano’s game for Anaheim, it’s his pure skill and astute eye for the ice that add the kind of depth that keeps the Ducks winning. As much as Cogliano is a fast skater with a knack for finding his way to the puck along the boards of play, he is also the kind of shooter that makes pucks fit through pinholes on any given night.
And as the weeks roll on in Anaheim, Cogliano’s fire power shows no signs of stopping, perhaps leaving him as proof to the age old saying that sometimes the spoils of success come at the exact rate of the effort you put into them.