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Point Shots: Substantiating the sophomore slump

Updated: November 6, 2008, 3:25 PM ET
By Jim Wilkie | Special to ESPN.com

Edmonton forward Sam Gagner 's rough start (two assists through 11 games) after a solid rookie season naturally has led to questions about a sophomore jinx dragging down the talented 19-year-old.

After the Oilers lost 5-4 to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night, Gagner has gone 14 games since scoring his last goal, on March 28.

"It's capable of happening any year if you forget how hard you have to work," Gagner told the Canadian Press. "People make a thing of the sophomore jinx, but ...

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