Thread: Gagner at 2c
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12-17-2012, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Oi'll say! View Post
This thread isn't called "will Gagner become a bona fide 1st liner", not sure where that line in the sand came from. It's about him making the grade as a 2nd line center, that's it.

He's being comp'd as a 2nd year player vs some other 2nd line centers when they were 22. If some people want to interpret that as "Gagner's better than Ryan Kesler!" is that my fault?
He's being compared to players who are either faster or stronger or both.
The problem with Gagner is that he doesn't have any skills that stand out plus his skills are duplicated all throughout the lineup by players who are better at it so he becomes redundant.
The Oilers need balance in the top 6 so the redundancy needs to be cleared up at some point.
The Oilers need more players who are just as good away from the puck as they are with the puck and Gagner is the most likely to be dealt to make room for a guy like that unless you want to deal one of the big 4.

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