I mentioned before the season started that this (half) year was going to the critical year in Goose’s Stars’ career. He had been getting a lot of grief (a lot) because of the trade that sent James Neal away. Out of all the players on the team, he was the one who was going to have to step up the most.
Four months later, I’d have to say that Goose stepped up and had an excellent season, one that would have been a career best if a full 82 had been played.
His 27 points on the year was tied for top 12 among defensemen in the league while his 24 assists had him tied with the top five. The power play wasn’t overly great, but when it was on, Goligoski was a huge reason why it worked.
He led the team with 11 assists on the power play and led the team in average TOI/G (yes, even more than Robidas). He was healthy this season (played 47 games) and was the team’s defensive leader in corsi (though it wasn’t that great).
Now, some of this can be attributed to G...