Thread: Value of: Sam Gagner and Ryan Whitney
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01-01-2013, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by nmbr_24 View Post
There is something a few people are failing to realize in this thread. Many people view the Oilers having Gagner as the 2nd line center as one of the reasons why the team has been the worst team in hockey for the past few years. He isn't going to have a big value.

He isn't good enough to play in the top 6 on a contender and he isn't good enough defensively to play in the bottom 6 if that is what teams expect those players to be.

Now, maybe you are right and he would be better on the wing but not too many fans are going to want to find out if it means he is on their team.
I thought Oiler fans said Gagner had been tried on the wing and didn't play well.

I think the problem is that a lot of teams have 40+ pt centers already or top prospects, who's upside is higher then 40+, so their fans aren't interested in giving up anything significant for Gagner.

Meanwhile, Oiler fans see his high draft position, his still young age and say he'll build off his 45 or so pts a season.

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