Gagner New Captain?
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08-29-2013, 09:19 AM
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First thing's first.
It's really hard to properly converse with someone online. Even in person trying to get across what your saying can be tough. Everyone exaggerates to make a point.
Gagner's overall play was well on the good side last year. More so offensively than defensively. His statistics support this. I don't know where to find corsi #'s but even if you look at his plus minus in his game log you can see some of what people are talking about.
As a hockey fan first, I watch the game and try to be as unbiased as possible. I remember very well Gagner's first 30 games because he did impress me. But there was many times where he did turn over the puck in the nutreul zone, or lose his man, or just get caught cheating. He got stripped of he puck from behind, I would swear, a dozen times at least trying to carry it through the netruel zone last year. All year, not just in the last 20 games of the season. And that isn't saying he was a train wreck defensively, but just that it was a noticeable weakness of his.
I actually think his defensive game took a small step back from the year before while his offensive game took a big step forward.
That isn't to say he is terrible. It is just to say he has his faults.
It would be great if he did turn out to be Bergeron good but nobody expects that.
Of course, sometimes the pro Gagner side make it seem like Gagner is even better than Bergeron. The whole exaggeration thing.
The truth is Gagner played good. Not great. He did not carry the team at any point and can not be mentioned in the same breath as Bergeron (yet).
I am happy to have him on our team. If he does get named captain I will be disappointed but it won't be the end of the world, and I think that is where some people are coming from.
No one does that, and if that's the argument, it's a cop out.
Sam Gagner has deficiencies at a player, there's no argument against that, but he's not as awful as he's made out to be, often, and, to the point of the thread, would be a fine choice for Captain.
Edit: If his "defensive game took a step back" last year, it's likely because Corey Potter was a top-4-esq defenseman on this team, atrocious.
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