Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Sam Gagner's 18 year old season
Tyler on Lowetide had this comment on Sam Gagner
Gagner is so out of his depth that I want to cry watching him - but I'm still not sure that he has quite enough offensive game to get it done.
I wonder about his long run progression too. He doesn't really have much of a shot, and is somewhat weak defensively despite some solid individual plays. I mean, no question that the talent is there - and he's only barely 18 - but what is his ceiling as a hockey player?
Looking at two comparables, both whom went straight to the NHL from junior, he's in good company thus far. Whether he'll take the big step in one of the subsequent years like them, or or more locally, Hemsky [3rd professional hockey season] remains to be seen.
Staal put up:
81 11 20 31
*Turned 19 at the end of October, effectively making him a 19 year old
71 16 23 39
Gagner is thus far:
39 3 13 16
*He put up 7 points in his first 8 or so game.
The reality of the situation is fans like myself tend to be impatient. Prospects also develop at different rates.
For Gagner, I feel he'll have to improve his strength and work on his shot. Defensive play will come with experience.
The hockey sense and heart is there [Read: Toolbox].
Posted by PunjabiOil at 11:15 PM