Cogliano gets cerebral

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:57 PM ET

For Andrew Cogliano, it’s all in his head.

The Oilers forward has come into training camp having worked on refining his mental game during the off-season.

That’s where Cogliano figures he struggled the most last season.

“Last year made a lot of guys look back to see what went wrong and try to correct it,” Cogliano said. “That’s what I tried to do over the summer.

“Mentally, I think I figured out a lot of things about my game and what I need to get better at.”

Cogliano, 23, struggled to find his role on the club and finished the season with a disappointing 28 points — 10 fewer than his total the previous year and 17 fewer than his rookie season.

“I want to be a solid player, a dependable player, someone that is going to be looked upon as doing a job offensively and defensively,” he said.

It didn’t help matters last season that Cogliano was one of the players the Oilers tried to move for Dany Heatley.

The Toronto native was seemingly bothered by the fact the team tried to trade him.

“I would be, too,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. “It’s like he’s going to get fired, then oh, no, he didn’t.

“I can relate to that, it’s one of those crazy parts of the game. But I don’t remember him ever taking a night off last season, which is a testament to Andrew that he never quit and that speaks to the measurement of the man.”

– Van Diest


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