Posts Tagged ‘Sam Gagner

10
Nov
08

Sam Gagner and The Sophomore Jinx

Alright, I personally don’t know if the sophomore jinx exists or not, personally, I think its that the young guys kind of settle down in their second year, and maybe don’t feel as though they have as much to prove. In any case, Sam Gagner is definitely suffering through it right now.

Last season, Gagner finished with 49 points in 79 games, not a whole lot but considering he wasn’t expected to even make the team, that’s pretty good. This season however has been a different story. Through 13 games, Gagner has racked up a very unimpressive 2 points, and according to TSN, he’s on pace for 12 points. There’s no way Gagner is going to finish up with 12 points this season, he’s going to snap out of it and those numbers are going to go up. Law of Averages at the very least would indicate he will eventually score a goal, he has 28 shots, and eventually one of those is going to go in.

So what should the Oil do in order to help him snap out of it? There are a few things coaches normally do, either decrease ice time, which they’ve done to no avail. They could increase his ice time, which would increase his opportunities, and perhaps his confidence as well. They could do what Wilson has been doing in Toronto, and sit him the rafters for a game or two… who knows, it seems to have worked with Matt Stajan. The other option, which is open to debate, is sending him down to the AHL and let him play a few games with Springfield.

Now, I’ll be honest, I am unsure if Gagner would have to clear waivers, but I am pretty sure that under the CBA, if you’re in an entry-level contract you’ll be exempt from clearing waivers. So here is what I was thinking… send him down for like a week, the Oilers have plenty of depth to cover for him anyways (not like he’s doing the team any good right now either) and let him tear the AHL up for a couple games. This would probably get his confidence back up, and once it is up, then the Oilers bring him back to the bigs, give him tons of ice time and he can hopefully rip it up and be back into form.