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02-16-2013, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by nabob View Post
Gagner should have a good +/-. He is not playing against other teams shutdown players and he is not be used to shut other teams top players down. He also has been racking up the EN points this season
You can scoff at empty net points if you want, but when you get them it means that your team found a way to win and that you did a good job in your own end when you were down a man. In Sam's case, at least one of his en points came off of his own good shot block.

He's not a great center in his own end right now but 1) he's still in his development curve 2) he's bringing a lot to the table offensively and 3) the Oilers aren't in their window of opportunity for winning the Cup just yet - there are a lot of other facets of their game that are still a work in progress.

Getting rid of Sam because he's not great defensively right now is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Your perfect 2nd line center is a lot harder to find than you think.

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