Born June 14, 1987 (age 24) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Center for the Anaheim Ducks
I’d be remiss if I didn’t include the other half of one of Edmonton’s epic bromances. Andrew played for the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and was the only player from the OJHL to be drafted to the NHL in 2005. He then went to the University of Michigan for two years, playing for Team Canada in the World Juniors and winning gold twice. After his time in Ann Arbor, he headed to Edmonton.
He played in his first NHL game on October 4, 2007, scoring his first assist against the San Jose Sharks; his first goal came four days later against the Detroit Red Wings. In March 2008 he scored consecutive overtime goals against the Blue Jackets, Blackhawks and Blues, setting an NHL record. For that, his stick and gloves were sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame (nice!).
He went on to play in all 82 games his first two seasons, earning 45 and 38 points respectively. Then in the summer of 2009, he was rumored to be part of a trade with two other Oilers in exchange for Ottawa’s Dany Heatley. In the end, Heatley changed his mind (and would later head to San Jose), and Cogs stayed in Edmonton.
The 2009 season was bad for him – he scored 28 points and the team finished dead last. But the 2010 season saw him pick back up with 35 points, ranking him 5th on the team. And yes, he played in all 82 games in those seasons as well, which I think should earn him a Perfect Attendance award or something. This past July, he was traded to Anaheim for a second round draft pick for 2013.
Remember when I mentioned that Andrew shared a house with Sam Gagner and Tom Gilbert? Thanks to our friend Nicole, there’s visual proof of this: