Sunday, September 27, 2009

09/10 Men's Previews: #27 Cody Goloubef


Vitals:

Position: Defenseman
Year in School: Junior
Shoots Right
Height: 6-1
Weight: 189 lbs
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
Major: Undeclared
Previous Team: Oakville Blades (OPJHL) in 06/07

NHL Considerations: 2nd round pick of Columbus in the 2008 NHL Draft.

08/09 Stats: 36 games, 5-8-13, +6, 38 PIM
07/08 Stats: 40 games, 4-6-10, E, 36 PIM

09/10 Role: 2nd pairing, PP & PK

08/09 Recap: The highlight of Cody’s season was winning gold w/ Team Canada at the WJC, he didn’t put up big stats w/ the team, but was one of the better defensemen, always steady on the blue line. He was the only NCAA player on the team. As a Badger, he found himself paired most of the season w/ Ryan McDonagh and they were outstanding. Cody’s is good in all situations, and was probably the best blue liner on the PK. He was part of the 2nd PP unit, and still didn’t get a chance to show off his offensive skills behind Jamie McBain and Brendan Smith on the depth chart. Had both GWG when UAA visited the KC in December.

Biggest Strength: He is the silent backbone of the Badgers defensive core, you don’t notice him because he rarely makes a mistakes, and I think this season we’ll see what he can do on offense w/ regularity.

Biggest Weakness: None, he does everything well.

09/10 Thoughts: I think Cody is going to have a breakout season. It will be interesting to see what Eaves does w/ the pairings. I think both Cody and McDonagh are too good all around to stay together. Either way, Cody should get the chance to showcase some more offense, but one thing Badgers can count on is continued solid play in his own end and on the PK. If Cody ends up paired w/ Brendan Smith, hopefully some old chemistry can return to the former Ontario Juniors teammates. I’m really excited about Cody this season, the Badgers have four All-American candidates on the blue line this season.

By the end of the season, I think he’ll remind some Badger fans of Tom Gilbert; solid all around, but w/ much shorter hair. 60 do you think that is a fair possible comparison?

Prediction: 35 games, 8-20-8*
*All predictions for regular season only

Photo from uwbadgers.com