Thread: Value of: Sam Gagner and Ryan Whitney
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01-04-2013, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by bleedblue1223 View Post
An offensive team is going to need more than 50 points from their 2nd line center to be successful in the playoffs, especially when you consider some of the great defensive teams in the West. Gagner will either have to up his production to at least 60 points, or Edmonton will need to upgrade.
how many points do you expect the oilers to score? if the 2nd line centre is getting 60 is RNH getting 80+? Unrealistic expectations all around here. I said it before, Gagner isn't the guy who is going to drive the offense on a line but he's talented enough to be a good supporting player for talented wingers. That's why he could centre Hall and Eberle and the line could have monster games. With the wingers the Oilers have in the top 6 he's not a bad option to let talent still play with other talent. Gotta remember that there were plenty of times last year when he played 3rd line wing just because Horcoff got time in the top 6 still. Or time with an underperforming Hemsky.

Never mind that with as bad as the Oilers have been the last little while why is it the early 20s player getting so much of the blame? The oilers vets have been terrible and it's forced young players like Gagner to play a bigger role that he really should be. He may not be the ideal option right now but a lot of people are going to look back and wonder why they doubted the player. He might not last with the Oilers but he's going to be in the league for a long time and he'll be productive. Smart kid with good puck skills and a good work ethic, he will always find work somewhere.

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