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03-04-2007, 08:05 PM
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Here's some of the latest stuff that McKeen's has on Gagner...

Commentary by McKeen's Hockey Prospects
02/08/2007 - Review: Gagner started the tournament fairly well in the first game, only to fade as things progressed when he failed to get his scoring going. Showed hints of upside, but this was simply not the right time for the 17-year old. Scouting: Has a very fluid skating stride, but his lack of acceleration and elite top speed along with his strength didn't do him any favours here, as he lacked mobility to get out of the way of bigger defenseman and he was often caught up from behind when trying to carry the puck through the neutral zone .. one could see that he has hands however and he showed glimpses of future greatness in a few inspired power play shifts .. has a tremendous set of tools, but his unfamiliarity with this level of hockey hindered him from showing much of it .. lost many battles along the boards and was utterly ineffective in any kind of traffic areas .. didn't show much intensity defensively initially, but that was actually one of the few things in his game that improved during the course of the tournament .. .has a deceptive and quick wrist shot, which he should have tried to use more often. (6-0-0-0)

02/06/2007 - After failing to make Canada's Under 18 team last season he was the youngest member for the gold medal winning 2007 WJC squad .. played sparingly in the tournament, the larger ice surface exposed some holes in Gagner's game, mainly his skating .. has been a constant in the top ten OHL scoring race since the start of the season .. exhibits a good snap shot and shows sense in when to use it .. shifty player draws defenders to him only to burn them with a quick saucer pass however the gifted play maker is guilty at times of making things look too pretty .. he stays with plays and can finish as his concentration down low is impressive .. too often he turns his body on the play and he needs to be mindful of this .. needs to make quicker decisions with the puck as his time and space will be drastically reduced at the pro level .. no doubt he should be considered a top-15 selection as it all depends on individual NHL team needs, he will however need much grooming to make the NHL jump.

12/01/2006 - He could be the dark horse on the team should he make it .. his play has warranted considerable attention as he showed the ability to make swift, smart plays with talented line mates .. played the 1st PP unit and made many nice passes that team mates did not expect .. has an innate ability to hold onto the puck till the very last second before making a pass to an open team mate .. did not shoot at all rather fed line mates constantly .. cycles the puck and protects it well along the boards .. certainly impressed the coaching staff with his increased minutes throughout the game .. a long shot but not one to be ruled out.

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