Originally posted on Lowetide  |  Last updated 11/14/11
I will admit to a hockey fan's lifetime of playing favorites when it comes to choosing players to cheer for over the years. As a kid, I was a Bruins fan, so that meant the extra guys (Wayne Carleton, Ace Bailey, Gary Doak, Bill Speer) were guys I knew all about because lost causes, also rans and distant bells had their careers in the balance every shift. Since I can remember, I'd cheer for the underdog on my favorite team. As an Oiler fan, Chris Hajt, Michel Riesen, Marc Pouliot and many others became guys I'd cheer for to the point of ******* stubborn. Tony Hand, cheered like hell for that guy. I've chosen my "underdog" for the season. I have no idea how Sam Gagner got there (ineffective bottom 6 forward) but there he is, and the young man isn't posting a lot of crooked numbers. What's more, he looks slower, smaller and less effective than the new hires. A gentleman who does business with me said the other day "Gagner on RW is a slow Eberle with way less skill."  Ouch. Pretty harsh...
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