Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sam Gagner Autographed Card

Just after trading Cam Talbot for Anthony Stolarz, the Edmonton Oilers went right back at it with another trade, this time sending Ryan Spooner to the Vancouver Canucks to bring back Sam Gagner, the team's single-game points record-holder (with 8, tied with Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey).

You may recall Spooner had been acquired for Ryan Strome, who himself was brought in when Jordan Eberle was sent to the New York Islanders. This corrects two mistakes by former GM Peter Chiarelli, at least providing the Oilers with the second-best player in the sequence (while still having given up the best).

Gagner was mostly phased out to the AHL this year (37 points in 43 games with the Toronto Marlies, not half-bad), but what we need to remember is that he's still just 29 years old and has usually mostly been a 40-50-point player; that may not be ideal for a sixth-overall draft pick (2007), but it's pretty darn good by any other measure:
from HockeyDB
Sure, he needs to be a little sheltered, start in the offensive zone a lot and get some powerplay time to reach those numbers, but the Oilers have Connor McDavid or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to pair him with and pretty much no one else who can actually provide what Gagner can.

That's two wins. Add in getting Spooner out of the picture and you've got three wins in a single one-for-one trade for interim GM Keith Gretzky.

Here he is sporting the Oilers' legendary blue uniform, on card #467 from Upper Deck's 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee collection:
He signed it in thick blue sharpie in 2016-17 while playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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