Recently, I have been on quite a run of my Panini redemptions actually being filled. I started things off with a Dontari Poe football auto, then a Festus Ezeli basketball auto, but now I finally got a hockey auto in the mail. This one is of Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner from 2012-13 Panini Limited Monikers. The card is signed on a white piece of fabric right next to an embroidered team logo and is numbered 5/99.
Gagner was Edmonton's first round pick (sixth overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry draft and went straight to the pro team for the 2007-08 season. During his rookie campaign, he scored 13 goals and 36 assists in 79 games.
During the 2011-12 season, Gagner tied a couple of Edmonton Oilers records set by guys now in the Hockey Hall of Fame. On February 2, 2012, he scored four goals and four assists in a 8-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, which tied both Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey, and his 5 points in a period tied a team record set by Jari Kurri. Then at the very next game, he set his own team record of 11 consecutive points after scoring two goals and one assist in the first period.
Hockey is definitely the family game of the Gagner family. Sam's father, Dave, played 15 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, and Vancouver Canucks. Sam's sister Jessica is playing college hockey for the Dartmouth Big Green.