If you look at the Canucks expected lineup tonight, you’ll notice that the four centers dressing are the four centers vying for the team’s fourth line center position.
Listening to Alain Vigneault’s comments after last night’s win against the Sharks, it sounds like Cody Hodgson, if he starts in Vancouver rather than Winnipeg, is destined for a bottom-six role.
“It’s a question of what’s best for the team and once we’ve made that assessment we’re obviously going to consider what’s best for him,” said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. “Is it best for him to play eight or nine minutes a game here or is it best for him to play 20 minutes in Manitoba. We’re going to consider all those things and make the right decision for the team and the player.”
Of the others playing tonight, Alex Bolduc and Joel Perrault haven’t exactly stood out; and the one who has impressed the most this preseason, Brendan Morrison, is yet to sign a contract.
In a preseason when there aren’t a lot of roster spots available, the fourth line center position is one that’s up for grabs. Tonight’s game provides as good an opportunity as any for one of the guys to take it.
On a side note: I can’t make the Canucks Open Practice this Sunday due to other last-minute obligations so I’m giving away my tickets – four (4) reserved seats in the lower bowl (section 122, row 20).
Answer the following question and leave a comment on this page, and we’ll do a random draw for the tickets.
Who should start the season as the Canucks' 4th line center?
- Joel Perrault (3%, 2 Votes)
- Alex Bolduc (3%, 2 Votes)
- Cody Hodgson (5%, 4 Votes)
- Brendan Morrison (89%, 66 Votes)
Total Voters: 74
We’ll run this until Thursday, September 30th at 11:59 PM, and announce the winner on Friday morning, October 1st.
[Update: 10/01/2010, 7:05 AM]
Congratulations to Nicole Bansal for winning the tickets! And thanks to everyone for entering!