Gagner has done something no other NHL player in the 21st century has accomplished: score eight points in one game. He scored four goals and assisted on four others for the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 2, 2012, becoming the first NHL player since Mario Lemieux for the Pittsburgh Penguins (five goals, three assists against the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 31, 1988) to score eight points in one game. He also became the second player in NHL history (Lemieux) with eight points in a game when his team scored exactly eight goals.
The son of retired NHL forward Dave Gagner was the Oilers' first pick (No. 6) in the 2007 NHL Draft. Although Sam Gagner scored between 13 and 18 goals and 41 and 49 points in each of his first five seasons with the Oilers, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and one hour later to the Arizona Coyotes, on June 29, 2014.