Sam Gagner C PHO 5 Days

After being a healthy scratch for the first time since his sophomore season, Gagner returned to the Coyotes' lineup Tuesday and picked up an assist on the game-winner against the Oilers. He was plus-1, took three shots, and added two hits and a blocked shot in 20:27 of ice time.

The 25 year-old Gagner has been a huge disappointment in his first season with Arizona, registering just 11 points and a minus-8 rating in 30 games. It looks like he should be back in the lineup for now, but he needs to produce to keep his spot.

Sam Gagner C PHO 8 Days

Gagner was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Wild.

It's safe to say that Gagner hasn't been provided the offensive spark the Coyotes had counted on after he was acquired from the Oilers in June. The 25-year-old has just three goals, 10 points and a minus-9 rating over 29 games. Coach Dave Tippett is likely hoping the banishment to the press box lights a fire under him.

Sam Gagner C PHO 19 Days

Gagner scored his third goal of the season Tuesday in a loss to Calgary. He took three shots and was even on the night.

Gagner has struggled to get going offensively in a disappointing start to his time in Arizona, but he has six points in his last 10 games giving some hope that he will turn it around.

Sam Gagner C PHO 1 Month

Gagner picked up a pair of helpers in Friday's 5-0 win over the Canucks.

Gagner has struggled to find his way in his first season away from Edmonton, as the two assists brought his point total to just six in 17 games this year. In six full seasons after turning in an impressive 49-point rookie campaign in 2007-08, Gagner has failed to reach that mark again, so it's probably safe to count on him being somewhere in the 30-40 point range with Arizona this year, with anything beyond that coming as a bonus.

Sam Gagner C PHO 2 Months

Gagner scored his second goal Monday in a win over the Leafs. He took three shots and had two hits.

Gagner scored for the second consecutive game and has points in four of his last six after not registering a point in the first six games of the season. He is still seeing a healthy dose of ice time with the man advantage (2:43), but his total ice time is down two minutes compared to last year (16:32). In last night's contest he saw the ice for just 14:48. That's third line ice time, so this bears watching a bit.

Sam Gagner C PHO 2 Months

Gagner put his team ahead for good with his third period goal in a 6-5 win over the Capitals on Sunday.

The goal was his first of the season to go along with two assists. The potential is there, and he's hovered in the 40-50 point range in every season of his career, but so far the production hasn't been.

Sam Gagner C PHO 2 Months

Gagner picked up an assist Tuesday in a loss to the Lightning. He had two shots and two hits in 16:42 of ice time.

It was his second straight game with an assist after not producing any points in his first five games with Arizona. He continues to man a wing on the Coyotes' second line with Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan.

Sam Gagner C PHO 2 Months

Gagner picked up an assist Saturday against Florida for his first point as a Coyote. He was minus-1 and added one shot in 19:24 of ice time.

Gagner was expected to pick up some of the offensive slack left by the departures of Mike Ribeiro and Radim Vrbata, but that hasn't worked out so far. If this gets him going, he could still be a useful fantasy player the rest of the year.

Sam Gagner C PHO 2 Months

Gagner was held off the scoresheet and was minus-2 Thursday in a loss to Minnesota. He put one shot on net in 17:34 of ice time.

Gagner has yet to register a point with the Coyotes. His track record suggests that the points will come soon, but he could soon endanger his playing time if his slump continues

Sam Gagner C PHO 2 Months

Gagner has held without a point in 16:28 of ice time Wednesday in a win over his old team the Oilers. He took only one shot and had three hits.

Gagner has yet to register a point in three contests with Arizona, which certainly qualifies as a disappointing start. The Coyotes are counting on him to replace the production of Mike Ribeiro (who left in the off-season after only one year in the desert). Gagner is getting plenty of opportunity to do so, including leading Coyotes' forwards in power play ice time Wednesday (3:21). He will no doubt get going soon.