One of the players who may surprise in 2014-15 is Mark Arcobello. Able to play center capably, the knock isn’t defense or positioning, but rather offensive potential. CAN Arcobello play with top-end skill and deliver?
MARK ARCOBELLO PLAYER CARD, EXTRA SKATER
In exactly half a season, Arcobello played well enough to be considered a solid utility outfielder, who can bat in the 2, 3 and 4 slots. Kind of a modern Mitch Webster, if you’re an Expo fan. Does that give the Oilers enough confidence to deal Sam Gagner? Or is it best to keep the powder dry and hope Gagner returns to previous levels.
SAM GAGNER PLAYER CARD
I have suggested all spring that dealing Sam Gagner is the better plan. Even if you get draft picks in exchange, there’s $4.8 million in your back pocket for Kulemin, Grabbo, Moss, whomever. Agree? Or are we warming again to Samwise?
- Taylor Hall 2.91
- Jordan Eberle 2.03
- David Perron 1.96
- Mark Arcobello 1.82
- Nugent-Hopkins 1.56
- Sam Gagner 1.47
- Yakupov 1.43
We know Gagner was injured this season, so his 5×5/60 number needs to be taken in context. Last season, he delivered 1.84/60. If we’re to justify Sam Gagner as a RW for $4.8M a year, playing a complementary role with impact players, is 1.84/60 enough? Who was he playing with in 12-13?
Gagner’s WOWY linemates in 12-13 (in minutes)
- Magnus Paajarvi 314
- Ales Hemsky 300
- Nail Yakupov 277
- Jordan Eberle 166
If the Oilers dealt Eberle (settle down) in a deal for Sean Couturier, and ran Couturier-Hall-Perron as a tough minutes line and Nuge-Yakupov-Gagner as a soft minutes offensive line, could Gagner post over 2.00/60 at 5×5?
Would that be enough? I’ve always liked Gagner, but when I close my eyes I see him curling and heading north miles before the sortie is over. Arcobello? Small, not as skilled, but aware and intelligent, and clearly, and this is important, a man who has learned the lessons required and adopted them as gospel.