ANAHEIM, CALIF. - He’s not exactly in Hollywood, but playing with the Anaheim Ducks, Andrew Cogliano was looking for a role.
It didn’t have to be a starring role, like the one played with the Edmonton Oilers when he first broke into the league. But the Ducks winger needed to know what the Ducks required of him, as opposed to being spread out all over the lineup.
“Last year, things were kind of up and down, there were a lot of changes and then we had a coaching change,” said Cogliano prior to going up against the Oilers on Monday. “I was playing every position. I would play right wing one game, left wing the next game, centre the game after that.
“I had a talk with (head coach) Bruce (Boudreau) about that this summer and before the season. He understood that was tough to do. I just wanted a role to do and one I could focus on. This summer he mapped it out for me in terms of giving me a role, where I needed to play well defensively, be dependable and chip in offensively.”