All about Marcel Goc

The Penguins traded a 3rd- and 5th-round draft pick for Marcel Goc. At first glance, this isn't a jump-up-and-down move. 

But the more you dig, the more there is to like about Goc.

Here are some things to know about him.

Breakdown of Goc's career

Via Sporting Graphs

– Goc wasn't brought to Pittsburgh to score. But his game in the faceoff circle is a huge upgrade. He is currently 14th in the NHL in faceoff percentage. By comparison, Brandon Sutter is 51st.

– Take a look at the giveaway/takeaway ratio. Outstanding.

– Another thing that sticks out about Goc is his low PIM's. He doesn't take dumb penalties.

Playoff experience

If nothing else, Goc has 50 games of playoff hockey under his belt.

-Interesting tidbit. In Goc's first two NHL games, he had a hand in series-clinching goals. Via Wikipedia:

In his first NHL game, Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the St. Louis Blues, Goc assisted on the series-clinching goal by deflecting the puck away from Blues goaltender Chris Osgood and right to Mark Smith. Then, in his second game, Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Colorado Avalanche, he scored the series-clinching goal by deflecting a shot past Avalanche goaltender David Aebischer.


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Another example of Goc scoring in a big spot:


– Goc will be the second German Penguin player. The first? The immortal Sven Butenschon.

– Goc's first goal as a Panther was against the Penguins.

– For whatever reason, Goc scores most of his points on Saturdays. He has 41 of his career 177 points on that day.