The Edmonton Oilers
have been waiting for Sam Gagner
to deliver on the promise that made him their first-round pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. But not even in their wildest dreams could they have pictured what happened last week.
Center - EDM
GOALS: 11 | ASST: 22 | PTS: 33
SOG: 93 | +/-: 0
In the context of the way the game is played now, Gagner's eight-point night against Chicago on Thursday might have been the greatest single performance in NHL history. Only Darryl Sittler
(10) has had more points in a game, but Sittler's big night -- which took place 35 years ago this Tuesday -- came in an era when the average game featured more than seven goals and came against a goaltender who was soon out of the NHL.
Ten of the other 12 eight-point nights in NHL history came from between 1977 and 1988 -- the same high-scoring era as Sittler's big night. Gagner got points in an era when the average game features a combined total of about 5.5 goals.
Gagner also followed up his big night with three more points -- all in the first period -- on Saturday against Detroit. He added a shootout goal for good measure as the Oilers beat the Wings 5-4.
That's 11 points in two nights -- pretty good for someone who had just 22 in 43 previous games.