Gagner opened the scoring Monday with his 18th goal of the season in a 5-3 win over the Flyers. The tally extended his point streak to six games, and Gagner now has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last 10 games. He's already established new career highs in goals (18), points (44) and power-play goals (eight) this season, and the 27-year-old seems intent on capping his comeback campaign with a big run to the finish line.
Gagner may remain at center even after Lukas Sedlak returns from an oblique strain, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Sedlak's injury forced Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella to shift Gagner to his natural center position rather than play the wing at even strength, and the result has been three goals and nine points in the last nine games. The 27-year-old's two assists Saturday established a new career high for him with 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) on the season, and Gagner's shown excellent chemistry with rookie Oliver Bjorkstrand since the latest line juggle from Torts. Sedlak is the team's best faceoff man, so he should suit up again as soon as he's healthy, but if Gagner keeps producing he'll be hard to dislodge from his current spot.
Gagner notched a goal and an assist Sunday in a 3-0 win over the Devils. After a 30-game goal drought, Gagner now has a goal in each of his past two contests. The 27-year-old's inconsistency is a huge issue; nevertheless, with 39 points so far this season, he's within reach of his career-high 49 points, which he set in his rookie season. It's still hard to justify starting a center who has five points over 15 games since the beginning of February, however.
Gagner snapped a 30-game goal drought with a power-play marker in the third period of Saturday's 3-2 loss to Ottawa. His last goal came Dec. 23. Gagner is back to being the subpar performer he was last season. He has three points (one goal, two assists) since the start of February (14 games). Gagner is the classic role guy who occasionally gets hot and spends the rest of the time not. And this, friends, is a long not. There's no need to keep him rostered outside of deeper formats.
Gagner hasn't scored a goal in 21 games dating back to Dec. 23. Gagner hasn't completely fallen off the map -- eight assists -- during the goalless stretch, but he's hardly moving the fantasy needle. Before the drought, he had 14 goals, 25 points and a 18.7 shooting percentage through 26 games while locked into a fourth-line role. His power-play time (2:57 per game with 11 points) was the key to his offensive success, but the counting stats and shooting percentage were unsustainable. It's also unlikely Gagner fully bounces back.
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