Finally, our countdown has reached the pinnacle.
It also doesn’t have anything to do with compound fractures or skates on foreheads.
Our number one Oiler moment of 2011-12 absolutely had to be Sam Gagner’s eight point explosion against the Chicago Blackhawks on February 2nd of this year.
The Oilers were able to amass eight goals, and Sam Gagner was in on all of them. Finishing with four points and four assists, Sam Gagner is the third Oiler in nearly 40 years between the WHA and the NHL to put up eight points in one game. Only Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey have been able to accomplish what Sam Gagner did on that night.
Those are pretty good names to be listed next to.
Gagner’s first five years in the league have been consistent, if nothing else. The number six overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft, Gagner has averaged 73 games a season. Already with 366 games played (he’ll be just 23 when the 2012-13 season begins), Gagner has 220 career points, which puts him at .6 PPG. Only Patrick Kane has scored more than Gagner in the NHL Draft Class of 2007, which includes guys like Jakub Voracek, Jamie Benn, Logan Couture, Wayne Simmonds, David Perron, and Max Pacioretty to name several.
Did I mention that Gagner will be just 23 this year?
Gagner is up for a contract renewal this year. Over an 82 game season, Gagner projects to 50 points a year.
Don’t be surprised when he’s re-signed.
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