As a former sixth-overall draft pick in 2007, expectations of Sam Gagner were high. Apart from an impressive rookie campaign, and a one-week rampant tear this past season, he hasn't really developed into the player we all expected.
But what made Gagner sixth-overall material in the first place? Well, in the season leading up to when Gagner was drafted, he posted 118 points with the London Knights in the OHL, earning him fifth in the league.
Team-mate and line-mate, Patrick Kane, led the league in points that season with 145 points, as the two used their chemistry to help the Knights finish the season atop the league (although they went on to get knocked out of the playoffs).
Since the OHL days, Patrick Kane has found more success with the Chicago Blackhawks than Gagner. That said, this past season was a career low in points for Kane with just 66, as the Blackhawks finished just 6th in the West and followed with a first-round playoff exit.
Perhaps reuniting these two players is what is needed for both teams. For Edmonton, they can afford to get rid of Gagner, especially with the re-signing of Ales Hemsky and the pending first-round draft of Nail Yakupov. For Chicago, adding some offensive ability that could be available at a bargain might be what it takes to spark Kane and Gagner's careers, while making Chicago a top team in the league in the process.
It is important to note, however, that Gagner is an RFA, meaning it will cost the Blackhawks some draft picks, unless he is acquired via a trade at the entry draft.
It could be worth it though, as these to dynamic and shifty players have the ability to truly dominate.