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BLOG: Gordon set to play more offensive role

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

When the Oilers signed centre Boyd Gordon this past off-season, the thought was that he would slot in as the team's third-line centre behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner. Now that the latter two are both injured for what could potentially be a big chunk of October, Gordon will likely be asked to play a more offensive role than he has been used to.

"Whatever you have to do to help this team win," Gordon began. "If I've got to move up or whatever the case, sometimes when you lose one of your better players it brings everybody together and makes everybody bear down a little bit more and focus on what they have to do to help the team win."

Playing with offensive players isn't something new for Gordon as he has been placed on a line with the likes of David Perron, Nail Yakupov and Ales Hemsky in his two pre-season games so far. He has acquitted himself well, with three assists and a +2 rating in those games to rank tied for second on the team in points in the exhibition campaign.

"When you play with skill guys, you want to make plays and contribute. I don't play an overly flashy game but you try to fit in as best you can. If you're playing those minutes, that's what's expected."

Gordon skated with Linus Omark and Yakupov on Sunday.

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