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Goldobin Possesses a 'Golden' Skill Set

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 12:27 AM / News
By Dan Marrazza  - Staff Writer
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Goldobin Possesses a \'Golden\' Skill Set
Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Nikolay Goldobin as the Sharks first selection in the 2014 NHL Draft is the flair and pizzazz that results in a high percentage of his goals being of the highlight-reel variety.

Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Nikolay Goldobin as the Sharks first selection in the 2014 NHL Draft is the flair and pizzazz that results in a high percentage of his goals being of the highlight-reel variety.

In other words, Goldobin often makes opposing defensemen and goalies make look silly. Really silly.

A self-proclaimed Pavel Datsyuk fan since childhood, another asset that Goldobin brings to the table is the ability to maintain his composure with the puck and outfox defenses who, on most nights, outsize him by a significant margin.

However, being 6-foot, 185 pounds doesn’t stop Goldobin from sneaking past larger opponents, as he did in the Canadian Hockey League’s Top Prospects Game last January.

Goldobin doesn’t only have the guts to regularly venture into traffic to generate offense. He also has the pure foot speed to blow through other teams.

Quite simply, Goldobin displays the package of skills that make him someone who has to be watched by defenses at all times when he is on the ice.

Although Goldobin admits that he wants to get bigger and stronger, and that he is committed to becoming a better all-around player, it might be no exaggeration to say that Goldobin’s dynamism may only be rivaled by Tomas Hertl among younger players in the Sharks organization.

Really, not an exaggeration.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 49 25 18 9 43
L. Couture 49 18 25 4 43
J. Thornton 45 10 29 0 39
B. Burns 49 11 25 -5 36
P. Marleau 49 10 25 -8 35
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
T. Hertl 49 8 11 -1 19
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
M. Vlasic 48 6 10 15 16
J. Sheppard 43 5 10 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 11 5 .911 2.58
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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