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05-30-2012, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Digger12 View Post
Yep...IMO another example of how we as fans can have an idealized notion of what a 2nd line center should be, even though the facts state something altogether different when you actually take the time to look at what the other 29 teams had in place for their 2nd line centers.
There is no denying that Gagner has skill. When he's playing with confidence he looks like a first liner. His biggest problem is consistency - he's very streaky. But I suppose if he was consistently at his best then he would be a 1C.

He was tied for 106th in the NHL in points this year - so assuming 90 1st liners, that puts him in the upper echelon of 2nd liners. And of those 105 that had more points than him, 93 had more icetime. He was almost 50% on the dot (seems to be improving in that area), was a team best +5, and despite 5 NHL seasons under his belt, is still just 22!

With Hall, Eberle, RNH, and Yakupov, I don't know that we can afford to have a Jordan Staal type as our 2C. Why not keep a guy that likes being here, is a home grown talent, seems to have a great attitude, and looks like a lock for 15-20 goals, 45-50 points.

Any objective measure you look at puts him close to the very top of the list for 2nd liners, almost 1st line numbers. If we can have that for decent $ on our 2nd line, why not?

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