It would be had to write a piece today without mentioning Sam Gagner, no matter what team you write about. What he (and his line-mates, lest we forget) accomplished last night was nothing short of extraordinary! As I was at the game last night I, like everyone else in the hockey universe was astonished at what unfolded before my eyes. But, since everyone on earth including our very own Jeff Chapman will have a post regarding Gagners performance, I thought I would discuss a few other players in the game that was Sam’s
I want to give some kudos to the two players that aren’t getting any love today at all, even though their accomplishments last night would’ve been heralded today on any other post game day blog where Gagner didn’t score 8 points.
First of all, Ryan Whitney last night looked like a sniper with that point shot that rung off the post with authority and in the back of the net. (Gagner assisted)…
Pretty Sweet! With Whitney’s foot not 100% healed, and the Oilers Defense lacking point production lately while Gilbert has been injured, it was great to see Whitney make the most of his game last night with a goal!!
Secondly, Cam Barker also deserves some credit here, for his first goal in his first game back from a long injury. (also assisted by Gagner)
While not as hard a shot as Whitney’s still nice to see that our D is getting it done. I was concerned that Barker was going to be a bust for this team, as he did not play very well at the beginning of the season before he was injured. Getting this goal, sort of put my mind at ease about this player a little bit. he was a high draft pick (3rd I believe) and yet he has bounced around the league a little bit, not really solidifying himself anywhere. If Barker can build on this start, I will feel alot better about the Oilers blue line moving forward.
Taylor Hall & Jordan Eberle both had 4 point nights last night. This is freaking awesome as well! This would’ve been the topic du jour if Gags hadn’t been so unbelievable. This puts Hall at 38 pts on the season while Eberle has hit 50! Get used to it folks, these two players should, and will be playing together for the next several years here in Edmonton and we will see a lot of this in the future.
Now to the Goats in last night’s game…
In an 8 goal victory, how does your highest paid centre-man end up with a -2 on the night? When your name is Shawn Horcoff, that’s how. I have been reluctant to criticize Horcoff in the past, as I appreciate the other thing he brings to the table than just goal scoring. But, when the power-play struggles when Horcoff is on it with Hemsky (we’ll get to hin in a sec…) and Hall, And Hall seems to be on a whole other plane of existence, why can’t Horcoff get anything accomplished? Is Horcoff declining as he gets older? Or is he truly a 3rd line centre-man? At least Horc had a couple of shots on net though.
Ales Hemsky, did worse that Horcoff last night (if that’s possible), he too was a – 2 on the night, but Hemsky didn’t even register a shot on net all game long. Remember, the Oilers scored 8 GOALS!! No shot for Hemmer. I don’t even know what to say about this player anymore. It’s obvious to me that he has basically given up on this team. He no longer gives me any reason to believe that when he’s on the ice, magic will happen the way he used to make it happen. If the Oilers are going to trade Hemsky & Gagner, I say pull the trigger on a deal today! So you can catch some lightning in a bottle from Gagner’s game last night. This way you might be able to maximize the return.
Next up, the Detroit Redwings tomorrow night on HNIC and the triumphant return of THE NUGE!
GO Oilers GO!