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That came together this preseason as Gordon earned his chance. He’s still waiting for a goal this season, but his niche is carved out in Anaheim.

Understanding he would like to get some better luck offensively, Gordon has accepted his role and doesn’t plan on changing a lot now that’ he’s made the show.

“Numbers aren’t really coming easy, but it’s a good league. It’s tough to score in this league. This is why the best players in the world are here,” he said. “I’m just trying to work and play a simple game and do the things that got me here, and that’s what I think will keep me here.”