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Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett ran Sam Gagner alongside Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid at practice on Tuesday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It's Sam's turn now.

Sam Gagner, that is. 

After penciling in Alex Chiasson alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl for Monday's match against the Arizona Coyotes, Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett edited his lineup halfway through the match by swapping Chiasson for Gagner.

Tuesday at practice, Gagner found himself on the top line with No. 29 and No. 97 once again and Tippett provided his reasoning.

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 11.05.19

"Those guys need somebody that can make some plays with them and he jumped in there and started making some plays," Tippett said. 

"There were a couple of shifts in the second period there where they were really dominant and we started taking over the game. Sam jumped in there and was doing his part. He's a player that can give you spurts like that. He looked good."

The winger felt he fit in well with the two National Hockey League superstars who sit in the top-10 in League scoring. Draisaitl is third with 27 points and McDavid is fourth with 24.

Video: RAW | Sam Gagner 11.5.19

"I've played in a lot of different roles throughout my career and I understand kind of what makes me effective," Gagner said. "I need to make sure I'm skating, winning races, being hard on pucks, winning battles and then the rest kind of takes care of itself.

"I think for myself, in the couple periods I got with them last game, I felt pretty comfortable. I thought we made a lot of plays, drove the play to the other team's end and got some chances. I just got to continue to build off that."

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