- Schremp at 17: 82gp, 12-17-29
- Gagner at 17: 82gp, 16-39-55
It’s impossible to make a direction comparison (we don’t have any of the minutes broken down, there was probably a difference in linemate quality, etc) but at some point when a number is so much larger you have to say “there’s just too much” and make the call. That’s what I think we have in this case.
A few quotes on Gagner:
Redline: Sam Gagner is Kane’s running mate in London. He has wonderful vision and creativity and a variety of touch passes that he can make through traffic. He is also the son of former NHL standout Dave Gagner and has acquired his father’s intuitive offensive instincts and general hockey sense. Gagner’s lateral quickness and variety of shifty moves create problems for defenders.
Redline: Plays with drive, determination and hustle. Very smart and heady player who competes hard and hates losing. While not an elite skater, he gets there just fine. Not the biggest dog in the fight, but thrives in traffic and works well in tight space. Slick hands with a quick release snap-shot that keeps defencemen and goaltenders guessing. Can hold the puck too long at times and needs to work on seeing his mates better. Has the ability to play the pivot or wing.
ISS: Sam is a tremendously gifted player. His offensive skills are unquestionable and he has been a top point producer at every level that he has played. Shows very good puck control at a high rate of speed. Linemates benefit from Sam’s excellent anticipation, vision and passing skills, often being set up in excellent scoring positions. Like other young players, at times will cheat on the offensive side of the puck, however he is dependable if game situation clearly requires strong defensive play. Does not have great size, must continue to work on core strength.
I believe Gagner is a better prospect than both Slava Trukhno and Andrew Cogliano, better upside and more of a sure thing. I wonder if he’ll be ready at 19 (as was Hemsky).