Gagner NEEDS to stay an Oiler . . .
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03-21-2013, 03:41 PM
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Location: Southern Alberta.
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Just to bump this its interesting that in the recent Detroit game Gagner was out against Pavel Datsyuk, the best pure center in the game, 75% of his minutes. It was the pure line on line matchup the Oilers picked. Gagner has seen one hell of a lot more of both Datsyuk and Zetterberg this season than RNH has.
In the same game RNH had Datsyuk for 26% of his toi. Nuge face Nyqvist, a raw rookie, for 50% of his toi.
This not being an isolated situation either. In fact since Horc is back our club has gone back to babysitting RNH(the right thing to do) and trying to get him the easiest possible minutes.
Unfortunately this is still resulting in zero production
But its quite clear in recent games, even with Horc back, Gagner is seeing the most difficult matchups. Not only is Gagner continuing to produce, but his GA has come steadily down through the season. Also interesting that Gagners pk minutes continue unabated even with Horc back in lineup.
Agree with this line of thought of your post, and note that RNH has looked WAY better being sheldtered even though his scoring is still missing. My dad mentioned to me last night that they need to play meat & potatoes hockey. He likes Horcoff.
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