Sam Gagner's season has been a bit of a puzzle. He leads the team in scoring and he's looked better to the eye than he has in any season before, but as Tyler Dellow has explained, he and Ales Hemsky have been overwhelmed at even strength, something that's not happened to those two in the past. (Dellow believes it has to do with lacking a puck retrieving winger on the left side).
But where Gagner has excelled thus far has been on the penalty kill. Gagner has been the 4th penalty killer on most nights, but I'm not sure Ralph Krueger had Gagner slated for this much time on the penalty kill to start the year. But with injuries to Ryan Jones, Eric Belanger, Shawn Horcoff and Anton Lander, Krueger's hand was forced, and serendipitously so.
Sam Gagner's Furious Start On the Penalty Kill
The Copper & Blue | Feb 27