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New Oilers centre Boyd Gordon not out of place in top-six role

Boyd Gordon, right, celebrates his goal against the Canucks Saturday in Vancouver with teammate...

Boyd Gordon, right, celebrates his goal against the Canucks Saturday in Vancouver with teammate Justin Schultz. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 PM ET

Prior to arriving in Edmonton, Boyd Gordon was perceived to be solely a bottom-six forward.

That’s all he’d ever been with the Washington Capitals and Phoenix Coyotes.

But out of necessity, the Edmonton Oilers have been forced to move Gordon up in the lineup, and so far, the veteran centre has rewarded his coach’s faith in him.

“It’s not me he’s rewarding, he’s rewarding our team,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. “I hate those guys that do everything right.

“That is a great example of a guy that has average speed and average skill, not a lot of flash, but he’s one of the most important players on our team.”

Playing on a unit with David Perron and Ales Hemsky, Gordon is off to a great start.

He’s already halfway to his entire goal-total of last season, and is currently tied for second in team scoring with two goals and an assist in the first three games. While it’s still early, no one pegged Gordon as a point-per-game player.

“He does e


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