Sam Gagner is still trying to find his game. The Edmonton Oilers centre has just one assist in six games following Sunday’s encounter against the Chicago Blackhawks. “We need more out of Sam,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins prior to the game. “Sam knows that, he’s feeling it, he wants to give more. He’s trying to find his way.” Ganger is battling back from a broken jaw suffered in the preseason courtesy of Vancouver Canucks winger Zack Kassian. Gagner saw his minutes decrease in the loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon. They were back up Sunday against the Blackhawks, where he was a lot more involved and was one of his better games of the season. “The hard reality of the game is when there is someone playing better than you in the game, they’re going to end up with the minutes,” Eakins said. “I know Sam is really going to dig his heels in and give us a strong performance.” Gagner missed the first 13 games of the season due to the injury. He came close to scoring his first goal of the year against the Blackhawks, getting hauled down on a breakaway and being awarded a penalty shot. Gagner, however, was unable to beat Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. “It’s a tough injury to have, I knew there were going to be some growing pains coming back in the lineup and it was somewhat expected,” Gagner said. “I felt better last game and I feel like I’m continuing to improve. It’s one of those things where I want to get my legs under me, learn the system on the fly and just continue to get better and I feel like I’m doing that. “Getting injured in the preseason regardless if there is a new coach or not is never fun and it takes a while to get up to speed.” The Oilers are going to need him if the club is going to climb out of the hole they’ve dug themselves.
Oilers Gagner trying to find his game
Edmonton Sun | Nov 11