Gagner NEEDS to stay an Oiler . . .
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03-12-2013, 05:43 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oil Country
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In all honesty, if we keep RNH I still think we're lacking a true first line center. Everyone admits RNH has these weaknesses, so he can't truly be a top line centre can he? Are we going to pay him like one?
I still think we can have both. I think the job you guys all want the 2C to do should be left to the 3C.
I agree that if we keep RNH we're lacking a true #1 C... at least for right now. I don't think he's ready to take the load but he is 19 after all. A couple seasons and he could be there or, at worst, a solid #2 C - essentially where Gagner's sitting right now after 6 seasons.
The #3C can't win faceoffs for both of our top lines in the offensive zone and they can't play somewhat defensively reliable hockey for our top 2 centers either. I don't expect our top 2 C's to shutdown opposing team's top lines but they NEED to be better than what Gagner is. At the very LEAST, one of the 2 C's in our top 2 need to be better.
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