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Sam Gagner | Center | #89

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/10/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (6) / EDM
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Sam Gagner led the Blue Jackets to a 4-1 victory on Monday with two goals and two assists.
Gagner was limited to just eight goals and 16 points in 51 games with Philadelphia last season, but he seems to have turned his career around in Columbus. After Monday's showing he now has 10 goals and 17 points in 23 games this season. Nick Foligno and Zach Werenski each found the back of the net for the Blue Jackets. Cam Atkinson assisted on two of Columbus' four goals. Dec 5 - 10:43 PM

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Sam Gagner has been using Adam Oates as a skills coach.

Oates is not with any team and has around 40 NHLers in his stable. "(Oates) is always asking me, 'What do your coaches want here?' " Gagner said of watching clips together on video conference. "I explain what we're doing in the system and he says, 'Great.' He never interferes with that, which I like. At the end of the day, you have to play within a team system to be successful." Gagner is on a six game scoring streak and has seven goals and 12 points in 16 games with a plus-six rating. He seems to have turned his game around in the Ohio capital and is worth looking at in most pools.
Nov 23 - 10:19 AM

Sam Gagner scored twice in the 8-4 victory of the Columbus Blue Jackets over the St Louis Blues Saturday night.

He drew first blood at the 2:34 minute mark with an assist from Scott Hartnell and Lukas Sedlak. His second goal of the night and sixth of the season were also assisted by Hartnell and Sedlak. Gagner has had one other two-goal night as the Jackets beat the Ducks October 28. He now has eight points for the season.
Nov 12 - 10:36 PM

Sam Gagner scored a pair of goals in Friday's 4-0 victory over Anaheim.

He got his first two goals with Columbus in the first period. "It feels really good," Gagner said. "I feel like my game's been coming, just creating some chances and getting around the net. For a couple to go in tonight, it's a good feeling and something to build off." He has three points in his last three outings.
Oct 29 - 10:39 AM

Sam Gagner, who was a healthy scratch on Saturday, reviewed video with Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella of his recent.

Gagner seems to understand what areas he needs to work on. "Skating and making plays," Gagner said. "I know I’m capable of that. I think there’s been a little too much thinking from me, especially (against Boston). I was trying to think my way through the game instead of moving my way through the game." He has no points in two games this season.
Oct 22 - 8:48 AM

Sam Gagner will be a healthy scratch on Friday.

That possibility had previously been talked about, but it seems Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella has finalized his decision. With Gagner heading to the press box, Lukas Sedlak will make his NHL debut.
Oct 21 - 1:11 PM

Sam Gagner might be a healthy scratch for Friday's game.

Obviously there's a lot of time before that contest, so things could change, but Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella seems to be at least entertaining that possibility. "I’m not sure where he’s at now, or where he is for our next game," Tortorella said. "If I can’t use Sam in an offensive position, it’s hard for me to keep him in the lineup. I’m not exactly sure what the lines are going to be, but I need more from Sam offensively for him to stay in the lineup." Gagner had no points and just one shot on goal in Columbus' first two games.
Oct 18 - 4:46 AM

Sam Gagner has a lot to prove this season in Columbus.

The once highly-regarded center has fallen on hard times as the Flyers used him in a fourth line role last season, when they used him at all. Gagner was drafted sixth overall in 2007 but saw his first minor league time last season. He has a new start in Columbus and will try to be a top six player this season. Gagner has had some huge stretches in the NHL where he has looked like a star including an eight point game with the Oilers but needs to re-establish himself this season if he hopes to get another big contract. Look for 20 goals and 45-50 points this season under John Tortorella.
Oct 2 - 7:59 AM

Sam Gagner has a goal and four points in two exhibition games with Columbus.

Gagner has also found the back of the net in a shootout. After playing a limited role with Philadelphia in 2015-16, this is an opportunity for him to start fresh. "He keeps on making a case for himself," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "It looks like he’s handling the speed (well). Last night, (in Boston) was a much quicker game than our games against St. Louis. He made some good plays, made a nice play to Zaar and scored just a beautiful goal in the shootout."
Sep 28 - 4:53 AM

Sam Gagner, looking for a new start with the Blue Jackets, opened his preseason Monday night in impressive fashion.

Gagner, who was signed to a one-year contract by the Blue Jackets in the off-season. picked up an assist and scored in the shootout to help Columbus beat the Boston Bruins 3-2. Goalie Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves on 31 shots for the Blue Jackets. Forward Sonny Milano scored for the Blue Jackets. Forward Jimmy Hayes scored for Boston, while goalie Anton Khudobin made 11 saves on 13 shots in two periods.
Sep 26 - 11:19 PM

Sam Gagner is looking forward to a fresh start with Columbus.

"I'm working hard this summer to be ready," Gagner said. "I'm ready to be the player I know I can be again. I'm going to get to Columbus early and get settled before camp. This was part of the allure with Columbus, actually, that it's a place where I think I could maybe be a long-term fit. I've bounced around the last couple of seasons. I'm kind of looking for stability." He feels he is better than his 2015-16 statistics would indicate and is anxious to bounce back with the Blue Jackets.
Aug 1 - 6:19 PM

The Blue Jackets have announced the signing of Sam Gagner to a one-year contract.

Terms were not disclosed but it's believed to be for $650,000. Gagner produced just 16 points in 53 games with Philadelphia last season. However, he could be a second- or third-line player for the Blue Jackets. "Sam has scored 350 points and played in 600 games in the NHL and is still a young player who can be a solid contributor on our team," said GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "He is a talented, right-handed shot center who will add to our skill and depth at that position."
Aug 1 - 11:09 AM

Sam Gagner's pending deal with Columbus could become official on Monday.

It will reportedly be a one-year contract worth $650,000. That would be a considerable bargain for a player who is coming off a three-year deal with an annual average value of $4.8 million. Stay tuned.
Aug 1 - 11:02 AM

Sam Gagner is reportedly close to signing a one-year contract with Columbus, according to sources.

If the Blue Jackets add Gagner then he could compete with Alexander Wennberg for the second-line center spot. Gagner picked up eight goals and 16 points in 53 contests with Philadelphia last season.
Jul 30 - 1:01 PM

Sam Gagner is still available as an unrestricted free agent.

He produced just eight goals and eight assists in 53 appearances with the Flyers last season. Gagner averaged just 13:52 of ice time, but could be more useful than that if he plays regularly.
Jul 29 - 5:03 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Brandon Dubinsky
2Sam Gagner
3Alexander Wennberg
4William Karlsson
5Gregory Campbell
6Lukas Sedlak
LW1Boone Jenner
2Brandon Saad
3Scott Hartnell
4Matt Calvert
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Nick Foligno
3Josh Anderson
4David Clarkson
D1Seth Jones
2Ryan Murray
3Jack Johnson
4Zach Werenski
5David Savard
6Dalton Prout
7Scott Harrington
8Markus Nutivaara
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney