Last season, Sam Gagner struggled mightily for much of the year and then caught fire at the end of January.
In the season’s final 29 games (starting Feb 1 of 2007) Gagner scored 9 goals while chipping in 19 assists (.966 points per game). In his previous 50 games last year, he went 4-17-21 (.420).
This season, from the beginning of February through last night Gagner has played 17 games and scored 6 goals while adding 3 assists (.529 points per game). In his previous 43 games, he’d scored 4-13-17 (.395 points per game).
Can we expect a point-per-game clip from here until season’s end? I don’t think we can project that kind of improvement as Gagner is unlikely to get the kind of playing time he did a year ago (remember the injuries last season).
It’s also interesting to see how well he’s doing with the secondary numbers. His 5×5/60 this season was 0.77 on December 14th and 1.27 on February 23. Today it’s 1.55.