Coming As Advertised; Gordon, Samson bringing poise and production Posted by IceCaps on
By Ed Veilleux
When people buy something, all they can hope for is that it comes as advertised.
So far, with Andrew Gordon and Jerome Samson, IceCaps fans will surely feel the product is living up to the hype.
Samson is leading the IceCaps with five points (2g, 3a) in four games (tied with rookie defenceman Brenden Kichton), and has shown a combination of scoring touch and playmaking ability. The winger has also showed poise and an ability to move the puck on the powerplay.
In Gordon, the IceCaps have found a hard-working producer (two goals in four games this season), who is equally at home killing penalties and battling in the boards, or lining up in the top six and providing an offensive spark.
“We’ve added good character veterans,” IceCaps Head Coach Keith McCambridge said. “We’ve added veterans with some speed and some skill and obviously leadership.”
That leadership has allowed former AHL all-star Gordon to don an “A” for the team, serving as an assistant captain, along with John Albert, to captain Jason Jaffray.
“Jerome Samson has put up 78 points in this league before and Andrew Gordon has been a two or three-time all-star, so those guys are going to be relied upon to provide a lot of offence for our team. Gordon is not only a guy who puts up a lot of points in this league but he’s a very hard-working centreman and a guy that can play shorthanded, powerplay and five-on-five.”
It’s not unrealistic for fans to expect Samson to finish among the leading scorers on the IceCaps, even though defending champ Eric O’Dell is off to a hot four-goal start to the season.
For Gordon, there is extra motivation to perform: he is born Nova Scotia and feels at home on the East Coast.
“Any time you get to play in Canada it always feels special, so I’m excited to be here,” he added.
IceCaps weekend watch:
The IceCaps’ weekend trip through southern Ontario was a forgettable affair, with the team taking home two losses.
Hamilton beat St. John’s 3-2 after netting two shorthanded goals in Friday night action. Saturday was an even tougher pill to swallow, as the IceCaps fell 6-3 to the Toronto Marlies.
Andrew Gordon scored in both contests while Ben Chiarot also scored for St. John’s on Friday. Jerome Samson and Will O’Neill added goals on Saturday in Toronto.
Newfoundlander Adam Pardy joined the IceCaps after being re-assigned from the Winnipeg Jets, but did not factor in the scoring.
Pardy will make his home debut as his team will look to rebound this weekend when they host the Hershey Bears Friday and Saturday at Mile One Centre.