Sam Gagner C PHO 3 Months

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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.

Sam Gagner C PHO 4 Months

Gagner's position to start the season is up in the air as Coah Dave Tippett is considering playing him on the wing, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic.

Playing the wing shouldn't affect Gagner's fantasy potential, except possibly expanding his position eligibility. The Coyotes' are counting on him to be a big part of the offence regardless and fantasy owners hope he will realize his potential after years of teasing it.

Sam Gagner C PHO 4 Months

Gagner will play against the Sharks on Friday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Gagner was expected to suit up for Friday's contest, and now that suspicion has been confirmed. With that news, he shouldn't miss any regular season time due to the injury. Gagner is set to play on the line with Martin Hanzal and Martin Erat for the finale.

Sam Gagner C PHO 4 Months

Gagner (undisclosed) is expected to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Sharks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Gagner bolstered his chances of playing Friday by taking part in Thursday's practice. Even if he doesn't end up suiting up in the final exhibition, Gagner should be over the undisclosed issue before the regular season kicks off next week.