Thread: Value of: Sam Gagner and Ryan Whitney
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01-04-2013, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Oates2Neely View Post
"Twice as much"?? Better look at Cogliano's stats again.


And that's not skating top-6 minutes as Gagner has. They are extremely close talent-wise. Close comparison.

Gagner is in a top-6 role and being depended on in an offensive role. He has not lived up to the hype in 5 seasons. As a matter of fact, he has failed to match his rookie year career high of 49 points. IF Gagner was a checking center putting up 45 points a season while playing on PK and playing a shutdown role, he'd be extremely valuable. However he is just mediocre defensively.

The Oilers will eventually need to replace him with a more offensively talented #2 center, or a Dave Bolland type shutdown center to play between Yakupov and Hemsky.
I think this is the only thread that I've seen you use stats this much in. We all know that stats only show part of the story. You can't see the changes in Gagner's game through stats. You also can't see that he is a much, much better player than Andrew Cogliano.

Also, he has been on pace to improve on his rookie point total every season, injuries happen and do make a difference. He's a better player now, and its not even close.

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