Thread: Gagner at 2c
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12-17-2012, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by CupofOil View Post
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.
He's not redundant, he's the only 2nd line center they have and 2nd line centers are crucial.

An example of redundant is Yakupov; an 18 yr old who's projected to be an elite 1st line rw on a team that already has an elite 1st line rw and a veteran 2nd line rw. There's an elite winger on lw as well.

Going fwd the Oilers should really move away from having a logjam of elite talent on the rw and acquire some assets that will elevate the level of play in some other spots where they are "less than elite".

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