Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner
is one of 16 "NHL YoungStars" invited to the 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend by the National Hockey League. Gagner will be one of eight players skating for the Western Conference YoungStars.
Comprising the best of the League's stellar rookie class in 2007-08, the eight-player Eastern and Western Conference YoungStar teams will face-off in a new three-on-three event as part of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills competition on Saturday, January 26th at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The YoungStars will be shooting against goaltenders named to participate in the NHL All-Star Game the following day.
In his first NHL season with the Oilers, Gagner is currently tied for 10th place in the League’s rookie scoring race with fellow Edmonton rookie Tom Gilbert. Gagner has scored three goals and 13 assists for 16 points in 43 games this season and he ranks sixth in assists among NHL rookies.
The Oilers first choice, sixth overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Gagner leads the NHL in shootout deciding goals with four and is one shy of the League record for most shootout deciding goals in a single season.
The 5'11", 191 pound native of London, Ontario, becomes the seventh Oiler to be named an NHL YoungStar.
OILERS NHL YOUNGSTARS
PLAYER SEASON ALL-STAR GAME VENUE
Mike Comrie (C) 2001-02 Los AngelesAles Hemsky
(RW)+ 2002-03 FloridaShawn Horcoff
(C)* 2002-03 Florida
Alexei Semenov (D) 2003-04 Minnesota
Raffi Torres (LW) 2003-04 MinnesotaLadislav Smid
(D) 2006-07 DallasSam Gagner
(C) 2007-08 Atlanta
+ Selected to YoungStars Team, but did not play due to injury.
* Replaced Hemsky.