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Canuck Player Recap: Nikolay Goldobin

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It’s this season or never for Goldy

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Who?

Nikolay Goldobin

Born: October 7, 1995 in Moscow, Russia

Pos: Left Wing

Drafted: 27rd overall by San Jose in 2014

This was Goldy’s second season with the Canucks after being part of the trade that sent Jannik Hansen to San Jose.

Let me put his complete pro numbers up first

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Goldy has only played 50 total games with the Canucks so far. In 149 AHL games he has 49 goals and 71 assists in 3 years. Those kind of numbers should be an indicator of the talent he has, but Goldy is a player that creates a divide in the fan base.

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Goldy didn’t get his chance to play this year until November. And for the most part, Travis Green gave Goldy limited ice time. Goldy’s struggles in his own end were the main concern but his lack of offensive is what got him sent back down to Utica in January. Young players are going to make mistakes in their own end, but Goldy was not the playmaker that he was in the AHL. Some will point to his Corsi and shots and say he was driving play while on the ice, but his Shots Through was at 52%, which only good enough for 21st on the team. And it’s a shame that he was taking so many bad shots as he has the skill to be the set up guy on the 2nd or 3rd line.

What did he do:

Goldy ends the Canucks long goal-less streak

Goldy walks around Doughty

Quick wrister after beating a defender

Give and go goal

Goldy is in the last year of his contract and so he should be hungry to perform. The unfortunate thing for him is there really is a long jam of left wingers on this team and he may not even get out of training camp.

Here is the list of his competition:

Loui, Sven, Gaunce, Leipsic, Archibald (if signed), Granlund, Motte, Boucher (if signed), Dahlen and a guy named Pettersson.

It’s better be one hell of a training camp for Goldy. I don’t think it’s going to happen so he better be ready when the injury hits and he gets a call up.