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The Rookie: Vancouver Canucks Cody Hodgson under the spotlight

We Are All Canucks

Starting during the 2008-09 season, the Vancouver Canucks dropped the “We Are All Canucks” campaign on their fans.

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Over time, the marketing department may have gone in different directions, but at the end of the day, the team still wants us to feel that we are the seventh man on the ice.

So far, we have covered two keep members of the front line (Daniel Sedin / Ryan Kesler), the Canucks top defenseman (Alex Edler) and the 1B goaltender (Cory Schneider).

Now it’s time to give some love to the young fella, Cody Hodgson.

Bouncing between the second and third line for the first twenty five games of the season, Hodgson has found himself centering the blue collar crew or playing “Ice Man” to Kesler’s “Maverick”.

Averaging 11.5 minutes of ice time per game, Hodgson is slowly starting to come into his own, giving Vancouver fans hope for the future.

Cody Hodgson

Cody Hodgson Under The Spotlight

For various reasons, Hodgson is miles behind many of his draft class mates, in both points and games played, but at 21 years old, there is still tons of time to leave a mark in the league.

Hodgson has been in a tough spot as the bar for this season has been set high, be it fair or not, the team has waited long enough to see the tenth overall pick in the 2008 draft step up and show that his OHL numbers can be transferred over to the big boys league.

However, in order to make that leap a success, Hodgson needs to be more aggressive with the puck on a nightly basis.

Already this season, the young centre has had two six game goalless streaks.

While there were two games (Oct 12, Nov 20) in which he had more than two shots at the net, it is rare that Hodgson has been put in a chance to fire the biscuit at the basket.

Since he pulled on his draft cap, Hodgson has been compared to Mike Richards and Rod Brindamour, the former a player who had a roller coaster career with the Flyers and is starting fresh in LA, the latter, one of the NHL’s true professionals.

Right now Hodgson is playing well enough to hold down his spot as the middle man on the third line, but as a top ten pick, fans have higher expectations, just as Hodgson has for himself.

Cody Hodgson Profile:

Position: Centre
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 185 lbs
Birthdate: Feb 18, 1990
Birthplace: Toronto
Draft: 2008 – Round 1 (10th overall) by Vancouver

LAST FIVE STAT LINE:

Canucks Record:  4-1  Goals:  1, Assists:  1, Points:  2, Plus/Minus +2        

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