2006-07: Sam Gagner scored 35 goals and added 83 assists in 53 games. He was a 17-year-old member of the Canadian World Junior club, but didn’t see much ice time during the tournament. Upon his return, Gagner also suffered an injury that kept him out of some games and slowed his progress upon his return.
The two words affiliated with Gagner are hockey and sense. He has an uncanny ability to not just see what’s happening on the ice, but to also project what’s going to happen. Gagner, who has grown up in a hockey environment under the tutelage of father (and current coach) Dave Gagner, understands the game like few other prospects. Gagner showed a great deal of leadership on and off the ice and projects to be a solid offensive-minded centre, with a capable understanding of defensive play.