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Gagner Comparison
Sam Gagner recently signed on for the three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and I started to think about what his upside was and who he compares to long term. One name that immediately came to mind was Joe Pavelski, who has turned into a pretty darn good second line center in San Jose. Pavelski and Gagner are both listed at 5`11 but Gagner weighs 9 Lbs more than Pavelski at 199 Lbs. Pavelski(29) has played 479 games and has 336 points for a 0.70 points per game career average. Pavelski plays a 200 feet game and fills a lot of roles on the Sharks roster. He is good in the face off dot, ranking 23rd in the league last season at 53.9%. He kills penalties and plays powerplay as well. For a smaller player, Pavelski has a bit of grit and isn`t afraid of going to the tough areas to score. To me, he is exactly what Oiler fans hope Sam Gagner can turn out to be. Gagner, who is six years younger than Pavelski, has played 414 career games netting 258 points for a 0.62 points per game career average. Gagner also plays with grit and isn`t afraid of taking the puck to the net. The only areas I see Gagner needing to improve are his defensive game and his faceoff percentage, both which I feel will improve based on experience alone. If Gagner`s points per game continue to improve with age, and he can develop into a responsible defensive player who can win faceoffs, he will be quite similar to Joe Pavelski and I`m sure The Oilers brass would be more than happy with that. Can the Oilers compete with Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner as their one, two punch…??? Well, that a whole different conversation…

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Zach Bogosian is not a comparable for Justin Schultz
Gotta love Oiler fans. Within 10 minutes of Zach Bogosian signing a long term deal with the Winnipeg Jets for north of $5 Million per year, Oilers fans were complaining and bickering that Justin Schultz was going to command more than Bogosian. Let`s stop right there and actually look at the two. Bogosian, a 6`3 215 lbs top pairing dman, is a stay at home shut down defenceman who has a touch of offensive to his game. He is very physical and chews up a lot on minutes. Last season he had 14 points, 29 Pims and played against the opposing team`s best line night in and night out. He also has played 297 career games. Schultz on the other hand has played a whopping 48 games, has 27 points and was a -17 on a poor Oilers team. Schultz cannot play against first line opponents just yet, he cannot kill penalties just yet and he certainly is not a physical defenceman. I just don`t see the comparison in the two. Don`t get me wrong, Schultz will get paid but comparing the two doesn`t make much sense.

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Oilers Defence is Must Improved

The Edmonton Oilers defence will look drastically different on 2013-2014 opening night than it did to finish the 2012-2013 season. Out are Ryan Whitney and Mark Fistric and in are Andrew Ference, Denis Grebeshkov, Anton Belov and Philip Larsen. The biggest and best difference is having Ference in the second pairing, pushing Nick Schultz to the third pairing. The sixth defenceman will be a rotation among the depth guys that Mact brought in. Having Stanley Cup winner Ference helping J. Schultz along the way should be fantastic and this pair should be a good fit. N. Schultz as the number five guy is quite an upgrade as well. Added to the upgrades on the back-end, is the competition factor. Mact brought in a few extras bodies so the fight for jobs will be fierce, which can only be a good thing moving forward. I think it`s fair so say that The Oilers back-end is improved but it is good enough is the real question…
Keep The Faith!!!

I am a 10 year veteran at Remax Real Estate in St. Albert and have the privilege of working with my father Rod on a daily basis. I am a diehard Oilers fan and avid golfer who is married with two wonderful boys. I am very lucky to have such a wonderful family.

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  7 Responses to “Oiler Stuff”

  1. You are out of your mind if you think Samwise is anywhere close to Pavelski.

  2. I never siad he is. I’m saying that’s his ceiling IMO. I do believe that he can get there though

  3. Sam is nowhere close to 5’11″. Pavelski dwarfs Gagner in every facet including his on-ice prowess. Realistically Gags is pretty tiny, id say 5’9.5″. I always laughed when i saw the old oiler programs that had Gagner and Cogliano listed at 5’11″. Dont they even measure these guys or they just ask them,”Hey gags, how tall are ya?” and go with whatever they say lol. Gags is diminutive in stature and before last season was a virtual liability half of the time on the ice. Im really hoping he can improve on last years performance which was his best yet because if he cant it doesnt bode well for the second line or his fixture at center there. “The only areas I see Gagner needing to improve are his defensive game and his faceoff percentage..” – Really? How about his team leading turn-over rate? Some brutal turn overs at the blue line i think trump his defensive deficits. Im really hoping for some pleasent surprises this season with the likes of Jonesuu, Belov, and a few other mystery men that if they play huge could make all the difference. Go oil!

  4. I think long term they are going to need to move him to the wing and replace him with a bigger body which is obviously, almost impossible to do. I don’t think they can win with Nuge and Gagner down the middle. Gotta have someone with size in one of those spots

  5. So when NHL.com lists Pavelski at 5’11 190lbs and Gagner at 5’11 199lbs, Pavelski’s is accurate and Gagner’s isn’t? Even though Gagner is listed as heavier, we’re supposed to believe he is a smurf compared to Pavelski?

    Everyone who follows hockey knows that players height’s are generous- but that is across the board.

  6. 100%. NHL.com get their stats from the oilers stats guys who obviously exaggerate the numbers so the Oilers dont look on paper as small as they look on the ice. Save the Buffalo Sabres, the Oilers are probably the smallest team in the league, so it doesnt surprise me that they do that. What advantage it has aside from making fans scratch their heads, i have no idea. Rest assured Gagner is no 200lb center, nor is he remotely close to the 6 foot mark. Pavelski, in this example, not a huge body but big enough, would stand much taller next to Gags, as would just about anyone. In all actuality gagner is about 5’9″, 180 lbs.

  7. lol gagner is maybe 5’8 at best, i see him about once a month

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