Cogliano says it's 'pretty cool'

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

Expectations were high for Andrew Cogliano heading into the season.

Like the rest of the second-year players with the Edmonton Oilers, the Toronto native wanted to avoid the sophomore jinx.

Getting selected to play in the Young Stars game during the NHL's all-star weekend in Montreal is an indication Cogliano has done that.

"I think it's going to be all right," Cogliano said.

"I was looking forward to the break, and maybe going home, but getting to represent the team in something like that is going to be pretty cool.

"I'm just going to go there and have a good time."

In 46 games with the Oilers this season, Cogliano has 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points.

He had 45 points in his rookie season, including 18 goals.

This will be Cogliano's first experience at an all-star weekend. Sam Gagner represented the Oilers last year in the same game, featuring rookies and sophomores in a three-on-three format.

"It's going to be a good experience and it's something a lot of guys don't get to do, so I'm looking forward to it," Cogliano said.

"I don't know what it's going to be like, because it's three-on-three, but I'm sure it will be fun. We'll see."

Meanwhile, with six days between games due to the all-star break, the Oilers yesterday assigned forwards Gilbert Brule and Liam Reddox to their American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons.

Brule has two goals and an assist in 11 games with the Oilers this season, while Reddox has three goals and two assists in 23 games.

Both players started the season in Springfield before being recalled by the Oilers.

At the time of his call-up, Brule was third in team scoring with Springfield, firing 11 goals and five assists in 19 games, while Reddox had nine points in 12 games.

It's expected the two will be coming back to Edmonton after the break.


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