I sure hope the idea is to let Cody Hodgson get a couple games in before giving him a shot with potential second line pairings rather than the painful and probable truth that Mr. Gallagher highlighted in his collumn today.
That is Cody Hodgson skating with a couple of fourth line hopefuls, on the road no less, rather than with legitimate top-six players.
I will say he looks more like a winger than a centre. His hockey IQ is apparently top notch, but who would know at this level given the lack of opportunity to show it. He was obviously smart enough in junior hockey to be lauded with the highest praises and be tabbed as a top ten pick in a deep 2008 draft.
The Canucks' group of forwards is so depleted by injury half of their starting centres won't make the season opener and Hodgson is sent out of the gate with Mike Duco and Vic Oreskovich? Really?
Tony makes a good point when he questions GM Mike Gillis' tollerence of head coach Alain Vigneault's treatment of the prior's first ever draft pick.
Check out the list of players that are already or appear to be headed to various levels of NHL stardom, not just adequicy, stardom. That list includes: Tyler Myers 12 already a rookie of the year, Colten Teubert 13 who is built like a brick shit house, Zach Boychuck 14, Erik Karlsson 15 and very much the puck moving D-man the nux covet, Joe Colborne and Jake Gardiner stalwarts of the Leafs group of solid prospects at 16 and 17, Luca Sbisa a very solid NHL d-man and Olympian, Michael Del Zotto at 20 and already two years in the big league, don't forget about the next Paul Henderson Jordan Eberle at 22, (excuse me while I vomit), Mattias Tedenby, Tyler Ennis, John Carlsson, Luke Adam, and so on and so on.
If Cody Hodgson was taken ahead of all that and more then he had (HAD HAD HAD) to have been worth it, so, what is going on?
I'm holding out hope this kid is given a chance, otherwise you may as well trade him.