Andrew Gordon
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Andrew Gordon

Hometown:

Halifax Nova Scotia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1985-12-13

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2004

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (197th overall) 2004

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2003-04: Andrew Gordon played his second season with the Notre Dame Hounds of the SJHL. He scored 20 goals with 44 assists and 12 PIM in 55 games.

2004-05: Gordon began his college hockey career with St. Cloud State in the WCHA. He led all Huskies rookies in scoring with 9 goals and 8 assists in 38 games. Gordon had his first two collegiate career points (a goal and an assist) in the Icebreaker Tournament third-place game against Ohio State on October 10. Gordon scored two goals in a 7-2 win over Princeton on October 29 and 1 goal and 2 assists in a 10-0 win over Yale on October 30. St. Cloud State finished ninth in the 10-team WCHA and lost back-to-back games to Colorado College in the best-of-three quarterfinals.

2005-06: Gordon was St. Cloud State’s most consistent player in his sophomore campaign. Gordon was the Huskies' leading scorer with 20 goals and 20 assists and was +19 with 22 PIM while playing in all 42 games. Gordon and linemates Joe Jensen (PIT) and Billy Hengen, both seniors, formed the top line for the much-improved Huskies. Gordon scored seven power play goals and also had two short-handed tallies. After finishing sixth in the regular season, the Huskies made an unlikely playoff run to the WCHA Championship game; defeating Colorado College in a three-game quarterfinal series, topping UM-D in the Final Five preliminary game and then stunning Minnesota, 8-7 in a wild overtime game in the semifinals. North Dakota defeated St. Cloud State in the championship game, 5-3. Gordon was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team.

2006-07: Gordon had an outstanding junior season for a St. Cloud State team that finished second behind Minnesota in the WCHA regular season standings. Gordon finished the season one point behind freshman Andreas Nodl (PHI) for the team scoring lead with 22 goals and 23 assists. He scored 12 of his team-leading 22 goals (second-most in the WCHA) on the power play and had 16 PIM in 40 games for the Huskies. Gordon had 12 multi-point games for the Huskies, including a five-point (1 goal, 4 assists) effort in a 7-2 win over Clarkson on November 18. Gordon was named WCHA Player of the Week three times during the season. St. Cloud State was one of the big stories in college hockey – going unbeaten in 15 games (12-0-3) from November 4 to January 6. In an epic quarterfinal series with UM-D, the Huskies lost the first game but then won the second two games by 3-2 margins – the final win a three overtime contest. A loss to North Dakota in the semifinals ended their hopes for a WCHA Championship and the Huskies fell to Wisconsin, 4-3 in overtime in the third-place game. In the NCAA tournament, the University of Maine defeated St. Cloud State, 4-1 in the East region semifinal. Gordon earned first-team All-WCHA honors and was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team. Gordon signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals in April.

2007-08: Gordon split his first pro season between Washington's Hershey (AHL) and South Carolina (ECHL) affiliates. In 58 games with Hershey, he scored 16 goals with 35 assists for 51 points (tied for fourth amongst AHL rookies) and was +22 with 39 PIM. Six of his 16 goals came on the power play. Despite spending time in the ECHL, he tied for second on the team and fifth among AHL rookies in assists. Gordon had at least one point in seven straight games from Dec. 19 – Dec. 31 and recorded 14 multi-point games. He had two hat tricks for the Bears, the first on Jan. 12 against Lake Erie and the second on Feb. 6 vs. Portland. Gordon was Hershey's leading scorer in their five-game first round playoff loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 2 PIM. Gordon scored both of his playoff goals in a 6-2 loss in Game Two. Gordon, after opening the season in Hershey, was loaned to South Carolina in November and played 11 games with the Stingrays before being re-called by the Bears. Gordon scored 8 goals with 6 assists and was +1 with 6 PIM during the regular season for South Carolina. Following the AHL playoffs, Gordon returned to South Carolina and in nine ECHL playoff games he scored 5 goals with 3 assists and was +4 with 8 PIM. Gordon scored a goal in his first game back in Game 2 of the five-game series win over Columbia and had goals in 4 of 5 conference semifinal games against Cincinnati. In the decisive Game 5 loss to the Cyclones, Gordon scored the lone goal for South Carolina as Cincinnati goalie Cedric Desjardins stopped 50 of 51 shots in a 2-1 Cyclones victory.

2008-09: Gordon made his NHL debut appearing in one game with the Capitals and was a consistent producer as Hershey won the AHL title. Gordon was scoreless with one shot on goal in just over seven minutes of ice time in a 5-4 overtime win over the Rangers on December 23 – his only NHL appearance. In 80 games with Hershey, Gordon scored 21 goals with 24 assists and was +16 with 47 PIM. He scored 6 goals with 4 assists and was an even plus/minus with 6 PIM in 22 playoff games as the Bears captured the Calder Cup.

2009-10: Gordon made a brief appearance with the Capitals and was a dominant offensive force in the AHL in his third pro season. Gordon appeared in two November games for the Capitals and was scoreless and -2 in just over 6 1/2 minutes of ice time. In 79 games for Hershey, Gordon scored 37 goals with 34 assists and was +22 with 57 PIM. He was especially opportunistic on the power play, scoring 19 of his 37 goals in man-advantage situations. In 17 playoff games, he scored 13 goals with 7 assists and was +2 with 2 PIM. Gordon recorded a hat trick in the Bears' six-goal second period that broke open a 0-0 game in their 7-2 Game Three win over Bridgeport in the first round. Six of his 13 playoff goals were scored on the power play. After defeating Bridgeport and Albany in the first two rounds, the Bears defeated Manchester in the East conference finals and the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup finals. Gordon was tendered a qualifying offer by the Capitals and signed a one-year contract in July.

 

Talent Analysis

Gordon plays the game with loads of energy and intensity and is always around the puck. He has shown an excellent scoring touch and great hockey sense and awareness both at the college and minor pro levels. Gordon has a keen sense of knowing where the play is going and puts himself in great scoring position. He is relentless in his puck pursuit and is a fierce competitor. Gordon doesn't have the ideal build of an NHL power forward but he doesn’t shy away from getting physical to win battles for pucks or space on the ice. Gordon skates with speed and has good acceleration and possesses a great wrist shot which he releases quickly.

 

Future

Gordon signed with the Winnipeg Jets in July of 2013.

 

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