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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 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 65 32 28 14 60
L. Couture 65 22 33 1 55
J. Thornton 61 12 43 1 55
B. Burns 65 16 32 -1 48
P. Marleau 65 15 33 -14 48
T. Wingels 58 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 65 10 15 -1 25
M. Vlasic 60 8 12 14 20
M. Nieto 55 6 14 -8 20
J. Braun 54 1 19 7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 25 17 7 .913 2.61
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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