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Moss makes most of role in middle

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:28 PM ET

Over parts of five seasons with the Calgary Flames, David Moss has been one of the hardest players to define.

He was a 20-goal power winger during the 2008-09 season and scored 10 in half a season as a rookie in 2006-07.

Converted to centre this season, he’s played some of his best hockey lately in the middle of the checking/energy line, scoring both Flames goals in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders Monday night to run his totals to three goals and five points in the last four outings.

It’s not how Moss envisioned his NHL path, but this might be the best fit for the 29-year-old whose nature is to go with the flow.

“You do what it takes to stay here. You do what the coaches ask of you and you do it to the best of your ability,” said the 6-foot-3, 200 pounder.

“Playing on a checking line, whatever it is, if you accept your role, you’re much better off ... I think you play better that way.”

Missing the first month of the season with a shoulder injury after making the switch from the right flank to the middle, Moss has embraced head coach Brent Sutter’s vision. He’s simplified his game with Tom Kostopoulos and Tim Jackman on his wings and is getting great results.

“I thought when I first got here I was gonna be a winger and be a guy who can help contribute offensively and be on the powerplay. That’s what

I did in the minors,” Moss said.

“I think when Brent came here, a lot of guys’ roles changed. The biggest thing is accepting that.

“Playing on a line with Jacks and Tommie has been great lately. It’s fun when you have a role and you can play it and hopefully do it well and contribute and help the team.”

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