It’s been clear from day one that Shirokov is here to make the NHL. He’s divulged that publically, and he’s made a statement on the ice. Hodgson has looked lacklustre this pre-season at best. Granted he’s had a back in jury that kept him out of the first few games, since his return, he’s been skating but there hasn’t been that edge to his play.
I remember watching him last season at Canucks training camp and in the pre-season game I went to, and you could see that even though he was making rookie mistakes, and was a little nervous, he wanted it. The fact of the matter is he just doesn’t look like he wants it that badly this season. It’s no secret the position he’s in because of his age. Sending him to junior would be on par with career suicide, and since he can’t play in the AHL it seems almost a foregone conclusion that he’s a walk on to this team as a rookie. While the real walk-ons to this team, the Sedins, the Salos the Keslers of this team, can take the pre-season to work out the kinks, and to perhaps “take it easy”, Hodgson by no means has earned the right to do that.
The former Brampton Battalion star in my mind is coasting on a dream here, and taking for granted what’s coming his way. When you look at Shirokov (knee sprain aside) the kid gave up everything in Russia, came here with one goal in mind – cracking the roster – and he’s playing with an edge that’s noticeable in both practice and in a game.
In a Q and A with the Vancouver Sun Shirokov said,
Q: Your former CKSA teammate Nikita Filatov said if the Columbus Blue Jackets are going to send him back to the minors this season, he would have to consider offers from the KHL very seriously. If you’d be sent to Manitoba, would you share the same idea?
A: I don’t think so. If I will be send to the AHL, I will prove that I deserve to play in the NHL.
Read that again – Here I’ll help you.
If I will be send to the AHL, I will prove that I deserve to play in the NHL.
This kid has character. This kid has it in his mind that he wants to make this team. Hodgson’s free ride I think is getting to his head. He’s dictating how people pronounce his name and he hasn’t played in a regular season NHL game yet.
Granted he’s hailed as the next Trevor Linden, he’s supposed to be the Canucks next star, but he’s certainly not playing like it.
Cody has a lot to prove, and just because he makes the team on what can be seen as a technicality doesn’t mean much. It’s on par with saying Chris Levesque “earned” a spot as the Canucks backup when Skudra was on the verge of being down and out. In my eyes he hasn’t done enough to prove that he’s worthy of being on a team that’s got so much depth it’s embarrassing. He just doesn’t want it as badly as Shirokov does. And if he does, he’s not showing it. No edge, no energy. Just skating back and forth. The Canucks could dress a contending roster without even taking a second look at Mr. Hodsun. Get your head checked kid. Take a lesson from the Russian, he’s got a few years on you.