Gagner over all is having a good start to the season. He is hustling, back checking and seems to be playing well with Yak. He still needs to improve in the FO% but what you see so far is he a legit 2C and do you want to keep him in EDM?
I've been part of the trade Gagner camp for a couple of years now and to be totally honest I am so happy to say he's proving me wrong. I still have a worry that we aren't big enough in the top 6 to get deep in the western playoffs, but now it's clear Hemsky is the guy who should be sacrificed to add size before Gagner.
I've noticed on seperate occasions that Gagner can go out there and change the momentum of a game, he's like our energizer bunny.
Slow starts have always been Gags' problem. Looks like he sorted that out.
Yes ,he starts picking it up in Jan . Oh it is already Feb . Lets wait and see if he breaks out and continue to play this way all year .
Here a question for you what about trading Yak ? He been clutch for us , But on the Main Board CBJ are looking for a pure goal scorer . Would anyone consider moving him for CBJ first and something else ? Maybe we draft that big center then
Not sure how long people need Gagner to be on a proving ground.
The guy has 55pts in his last 82GP. Good enough production to be #1Center on many clubs. Very few clubs have a #2 Center with these numbers.
Plus as far as intangibles the guy is all heart, loves playing here, WANTS to be part of this club, plays like he should be a captain(a real one) and does nothing but compete.
He's already there. But steadily improving, because Sam is never content and has the drive, like Eberle, to be the best he can be. You don't find many players like that. When you have em, you keep em. Regardless of size and theres plenty of battle in this dog.
7 games in from pretty much everyone wanting to get rid of him, he is a Demi god. Proves HF drinks a good amount of Kool aid.
That said I want to see this compete level this complete season before I jump on the wagon.