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02-11-2013, 12:33 AM
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Regardless of whether you agree that Sam is the right #2C for this team, you have to admit that patience with Gagner is starting to pay off. Like many people have aforementioned: Gagner is much better speedwise, stronger on the puck, and creating offensive opportunities.

I think this is the breakout year that every Oilers fans were waiting for.

He has regressed in faceoffs this year, which is a little unfortunate, but thats okay.
Offensively he is playing fine hockey, it doesn't hurt that he has a healthy and rejuvinated Hemsky and either Nail or Hall on his wing. That said I'll give credit where it's due, he has been making things happen offensively this season so far. Now the bad part, his defense is sub par, his faceoffs are disgustingly bad for a player with his experience level, and he seems to like to fly the zone rather than support the breakout. He thinks offense 1st, 2nd, and 3rd sometimes and that kind of thinking will kill us if we make it to the postseason with him in tow.

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