Thread: Rumor: Gagner New Captain?
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09-03-2013, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by 0ilerman View Post
Comparing the US and Canada olympic teams is nonsensical. There are going to be a ton of great players and leaders left off both teams. This has nothing to do with their suitability to captain an NHL team.

Sam has finished 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 2nd in scoring over the last 4 years. Dont think that makes him the 6th best offensive forward.

When an organization signs a player for 3 years @ 4.8, strong indication they perceive the player as a core piece.

I'm not saying Sam should or shouldn't be the next captain of the Oilers. He does deserve a fair shake for the player he is and his past performance.
Sam has finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 2nd in scoring over the last 4 years.

That past performance was relative to one of the worst groups of forwards assembled in NHL history (2009-10); one of the worst groups of forwards assembled in NHL history plus two rookies who both outscored him (2010-11); one rookie and two sophomore players who all outscored him (2011-12); an injured Jordan Eberle, an injured RNH, a rookie, and Taylor Hall (2012).

Do you honestly think that, going forward, Sam Gagner is going to outscore one of: Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, or Nail Yakupov?

He has a chance of outscoring Perron, but I doubt that happens.

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