Two-Line Pass: How’s Hodgson Doing?

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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8 Responses

  1. Weezer says:

    The coach seems to expect mistake free hockey from the rookie which creates an environment of stick squeezing and fear of benching .  It chokes a  players.   A player like Cody needs to be unleashed.  Why not play him with the Sedins?  Let him build on his confidence.  Last game in one shift with the Sedins he had 2 scoring chances.  Why not AV?  As you argue, Hodgson didn’t have the same opportunity as the Matt Duchenes and Jordan Eberles of the NHL.  Yes Cody was in the NHL and playoffs last year but how much can you develop with 6-8 min a game on the 4th line with an obvious game plan of getting the puck out and then dumping it in.  Not fair to players of similar age in much different circumstances.  Imagine any first round pick starting their careers like that and on top of that after battling through injury.   Imagine those players getting no powerplay time, no PK time…no chance in hell to succeed and even after stringing together some good shifts no chance to move up becuase there is no room. It’s unfair to compare Hodgson with any of these players.  Even through the first quarter of a season he’s played with everyone.  Any time we see chemistry with Higgins or Booth or Lappiere the lines are juggled.   Eberle was drafted lower but he’s played with RNH and Hall.  That line is built to score.  Lappiere and Volpatti and Hodgson….not so much.    Not sure you want Cody to be a full time checker and AV doesn’t seem to believe or see him in an expanded offensive role.  They should just trade him instead of stiffling his talent.  he needs 15 min a night and to be on the pp, pk and involved in the game more to reach his potential. 

  2. Richard Loat says:

    It’s not about how much ice time you get. Nugent Hopkins got 5 assists in 13 minutes. It’s what you make of your ice time. If you make the most of it – you get more of it. That’s just how it works.

  3. OH YAH says:

    Who was RNH playing with? How much pp ice time did he get? Relevance is in the details.

  4. Richard Loat says:

    RNH is playing with guys that are of less star calber than Higgins, Booth, or Kesler that’s for sure.

  5. I don’t think Richard is taking into account Hodgson’s intangibles. The guy wasn’t drafted just to be a scorer, Canuck’s brass saw a character guy who could grow into a significant leadership role down the road. That has got to be factored into the equation when you talk about his potential. Will he score as many as Claude Giroux in the future? Maybe not. But will he bring more leadership to the table? Probably, and that has value. 

  6. Weezer says:

    That is a linear way of looking at it.  So many other factors in play that give RNH a better setting to succeed in 13 minutes of play.   

  7. Brad Mah says:

    Wow Rich I rarely disagree with you but this time I think you are so far off. First of all almost all the players you named except for Giroux and Couture played on teams that were near the bottom of the standings and the teams could afford to give those players top line minutes. Not only were they able to give those guys top line minutes most of the guys you name, Hall, Stamkos, RNH, Seguin ect were top 3 picks. Everyone knows there’s a drop off from top 3 to top 10 and so on. 
    If you look at guys stats in their first seasons like Giroux who is absolutely dominating the NHL this year you will see that Hodgson’s stat line this year projects to be extremely comparable to Giroux’s first 82 game season. Giroux was brought up in a similar roll as Hodgson is now on a team that had a strong lineup already built. 

    The lone exception in your post would be Couture who in his first full season with a comparable club to Vancouver had 32 goals. There’s always one or two exceptions. 

    Do I think Hodgson can develop into a Giroux type player, dominating the NHL, probably not. But do I think he will prove to be a worthy Canuck in the future, yes. He will continue to develop and if he stays healthy will be a forward the Canuck can use as a top 6 winger or a solid 3rd line center who in his prime will be a dominant player on the 2nd PP unit. 

    He has all the hockey smarts in the world with a pretty good skillset. you don’t see those players failing in the NHL very often.

    Be patient he plays for a great team with great players a head of him. You won’t see the RNH, Taylor Hall type production from him for years to come. However having him on the team will be a key part in moving forward towards the goal of a cup. 

  8. John Andress says:

    For the record, I agree with Mr. Guerrero.  I  would think that the development of the Sedins would have taught us that many fine hockey players take time to develop and Coho is coming along just fine for my money.  Perhaps his biggest assets are his hockey brain, his work ethic and determination to succeed.  Only time and experience will develop the former aspect of his game but the latter will endure that it happens.  Also, a career is judged over time, not upon entry level achievement.  Who do we value more, a player who scores 40 goals twice in a seven year career or a player who racks up respectable goals and assists and is a team leader on and off the ice throughout a fifteen year career?  Don’t rush to judgment on Cody Hodgson.  Give him time to establish himself as the quality NHL professional he shows every indication of becoming.  For every Calder trophy winner there are how many rookies who don’t win the rookie of the year contest but go on to solid, productive NHL careers?  Thank god that somebody saw that in the Sedins and resisted the mob baying at the gates for them to be traded for a bag of pucks.  Lets hope that the same courtesy is extended to Cody Hodgson.  He is going to be a good one.

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