Mike Iggulden
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Mike Iggulden

Hometown:

St. Catherine's Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1982-02-11

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2000

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Signed by San Jose Jan. 13, 2006

Weight:

215 lbs.

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History

Iggulden played youth hockey in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, including Midget AAA, until he made the move to Canadian prep hockey with Ridley College, where he played five years and was team captain and MVP his final two seasons. While playing for Ridley Iggulden also played a couple seasons for the junior B Thorold Blackhawks.

One of the few Canadian prep league prospects to make the jump to NCAA DI hockey, Iggulden played four seasons at Cornell. He played most of his freshman season, the 2001-02 season, but also battled an abdominal injury for which he had surgery after his freshman season. The injury bug struck again in 2002-03, this time a broken foot limited Iggulden to just 15 games.

2003-04: Fully healthy. Iggulden had a breakthrough year of sorts with 2 goals and 8 assists, but also started to establish himself as one of the better defensive and penalty-killing forwards in the ECAC. An assistant captain for the Big Red his senior season, Iggulden finished with 10 goals and 8 assists in 35 games. He led the team with 6 game-winning goals and also had an impressive 4 shorthanded goals. After the college season ended, Iggulden signed a player tryout with the Rochester Americans of the AHL and played six games.

2005-06: Never given a real opportunity to shine offensively at Cornell, Iggulden took off when given the opportunity by the Cleveland Barons. The power forward first attended Sharks rookie and main camp and was assigned to Cleveland on Septembet 19, where he signed a contract with San Jose’s AHL affiliate. Iggulden took the opportunity and ran with it and was one of the team’s leading scorers midway through the season. The Sharks rewarded his hard work by signing him to an NHL contract in early January.

2006-07: Continued to improve his offense in his second pro season, scoring 57 points (30 goals, 27 assists) in 73 games with the Worcester Sharks (AHL).

 

Talent Analysis

Iggulden is a power forward with decent speed, good stickhandling, and strong two-way awareness. He is not overtly physical, but does use his size and strong effort to go to the net and create offensive chances. Iggulden's size and stickhandling make him fairly effective along the boards as well. In the AHL, Iggulden has proven himself offensively, that he can run a power play and create offense through skill as well. He has a decent shot and passing skills. Iggulden can play all three forward positions well.

Future

Iggulden has overcome some injuries in college and also being limited to a defensive forward while there. This experience has probably benefitted him in that he now has the two-way awareness needed of third and fourth line NHL hockey players. In order to play in the NHL, Iggulden will have to continue to hone his offensive skills, but these are largely skills he didn't get to use a lot in college. His upside is that of a third or fourth line NHL forward. In order to fit in more to the third or fourth line role he's likely to fill, he may need to become more physical, especially if he cracks the NHL as a wing. At the least, he can make a responsible two-way emergency recall as is.