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Goldobin Possesses a 'Golden' Skill Set

Friday, 06.27.2014 / 9:27 PM PT / 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.

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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