For all the young talent the Edmonton Oilers have, its is a sixth-year center currently leading the way for the team. Sam Gagner has four goals and nine assists this season to lead the team in scoring, and has at least a point in all but one of the Oilers’ games this season.
Gagner saw a 10-game point streak come to an end in a Saturday afternoon loss to the Detroit Red Wings, but bounced back in a big way on Sunday. As the Oilers rolled to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets he assisted on the game-winning goal and scored an empty-netter to close out the game. His 13 points have come while paired up with young star Taylor Hall and veteran Ales Hemsky. Hall is second on the team in points and Hemsky is sixth, a solid indication of how dominant the top line has been for the Oilers so far this season.
During the lockout, Gagner played in Austria for Klagenfurt AC, where he scored 10 goals and added 10 assists in 21 games. He scored 18 goals and had 47 points for the Oilers last season, which was the best output of his career since his rookie season. Gagner has always had a lot of potential, and if last season, his play during the lockout and his great start to this year are any indication he may finally be putting it all together. The Oilers are deep with young talent, and seeing their first round pick from 2007 finally playing like a top ten pick is good news and an added bonus this season.