I like Cody Hodgson, but he better not be the next coming of Sami Salo. From Ben Kuzma (Vancouver Province): When Cody Hodgson fractured a toe on his right foot while blocking a shot during an OHL game in Sudbury on Feb. 12, the Vancouver Canucks prospect wasn’t concerned because X-rays at the time revealed that it was more likely just a deep bone bruise. Not so. When the pain persisted for three weeks, the Brampton Battalion centre had another X-ray and this one showed a hairline fracture that will keep the first-round draft choice sidelined until the OHL playoffs....Click here to read more.
Last night – more than four months since playing his last hockey game – Cody Hodgson finally suited up for the Brampton Battalion. He recorded two assists and was named the game’s first star. Not a bad first game back. And when Canucks fans read about his return this morning, surely we were excited, eh? Well, hang on now. From Jim Jamieson (Vancouver Province): In a conference call, Hodgson — who assisted on two goals in his Brampton Battalion junior club’s 4-2 win over Erie on Thursday — said he felt great to be back after an emotional four months...Click here to read more.
Recently preliminary rosters for the World Junior Championships were released for a few teams and the Canucks right now have three prospects who have been invited to their respective country’s training camp for the junior tournament. Cody Hodgson is on Canada’s roster, Jordan Schroeder is on the USA’s roster and Anton Rodin is on Team Sweden’s roster. Hodgson who struggled with a back injury throughout the Canucks pre-season was cleared for contact the same day he was invited to the WJ training camp. The Canucks prospect shone at last year’s tournament setting a new record for points scored in a...Click here to read more.
Sportsnet in the 1st period intermission of the Colorado-Vancouver game were discussing how it has been confirmed that Hodgson has in fact gone to seek a second medical opinion on his back after the first by the Canucks was apparently insufficient. Brian from Canucks Corner saw my tweet about what I thought and his argument is that I’m riding the kid too hard, and that divas are like Celine Dion. Granted Cody isn’t like Celine Dion, so lets refrain from calling him anything just yet. Firstly this is a professional sports franchise. This is a franchise backed by one Francesco...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.com Since Mike Gillis took over as Canucks GM, there has been a lot of talk about pouring more resources into scouting and player development. After two off-seasons now, it’s easy to see the positive impacts this has had in the system. I don’t think it’s a secret that Cody Hodgson and Michael Grabner disappointed this preseason, but looking at the bigger picture, we’ve now found out that the organization is deep enough that the team doesn’t have to rush them into the big leagues. They can afford to keep guys like Jordan Schroeder (NCAA), Anton Rodin (Sweden)...Click here to read more.
Well, you didn’t expect the Canucks to go 107-0 this season, did you? Without further adieu, here are today’s Canucks-related links: Cody struggles, Canucks lose. Hodgson still hurt, Shirokov skating today. Surprise, surprise… Sami got hurt again last night (but apparently he’ll be okay). Andrew Raycroft has a leg up on Cory Schneider in the battle for the backup position. More on Raycroft vs. Schneider here. Canucks get a new dressing room. And damn does it ever look slick. 29 players are left in Moose camp.Click here to read more.
People seem to have taken out of context the point of my post yesterday. People have misinterpreted what I said to see it as me having given up on Cody and labeling him a prospect bust before he’s had a chance on the team. That’s far from the point I was trying to make. I’m not one to fall into the brainwash of mainstream media. This city has fallen into a hype around Cody Hodgson and I’m not buying it. Ever since he was drafted he’s been viewed as the second coming of Trevor Linden and not only have the...Click here to read more.
Ever the lightning rod for controversy, Richard called Cody Hodgson a prima donna in a post yesterday. Because Hodgson’s age means that he’ll either make the team or be sent back to junior, Richard feels that Hodgson has been dogging it during preseason under the impression that he won’t go back to the league where he won CHL Player of the Year. Let me get this straight – Cody Hodgson is NOT a prima donna. Far from it. I don’t know how anyone can blame him of being one after a season in which he excelled in the OHL, played...Click here to read more.
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,...Click here to read more.
The topic du jour is the Canucks’ depth on defense. With 10 defensemen on one-way contracts, the competition to be one of the top-6 or even top-8 is fierce. And plus, there’s some Cody Hodgson stuff. Alain Vigneault loves the internal competition. Brad Lukowich may be a victim of the numbers game. With Mathieu Schneider and Christian Ehrhoff, the Canucks added some power to their powerplay. Shane O’Brien wants to make it hard on the Canucks to cut him. It’s pronounced Hod-son; the ‘g’ is silent. Cody Hodgson is back skating with the big boys.Click here to read more.