|"Yeah, but you know what Mike? You can make their heads bleed in this one."|
Gagne was drafted in 1998, 22nd overall by the Flyers and made the team the following year with his strong two-way game and quickness on the ice. He started off playing centre for the Flyers and posted a solid 20 goals and 28 assists in his rookie year. For his 2nd year they moved him over to left wing were he had more success scoring 27 goals in 69 games and made it to his first all star game, scoring 2 goals in that game.
This is when I first started to notice Gagne as a top player in the league. He was scoring a little more, but was still very good in his own end. His best year in the
NHL was in 2005-06 season after the lock out with 47 goals and 79 pts in 72 games.
I used to always love drafting Gagne in my Yahoo! hockey pools. He was a solid LW that could score you some GWG and get you some shorthanded points. He would also get you lots of shots on goal, and was always a plus player. I used to have to take him pretty early on to grab him, but this year in one of my pools I got him very late. I find it funny that Simon Gagne has now become a late gamble pick and he is only 30 years old. It's hard not to feel bad for a guy like this with all his injuries he's battled.
His stats before his latest injury:
I guess other GMs in my pool knew something I didn’t.
So the question to our lovely readers.
Will Simon Gagne ever score 30 again? Or will he just be that gamble winger that can score you 20ish, but with the risk he could miss sometime on the IR?