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VANCOUVER — We’ll probably never know what hurt Cody Hodgson more: being unhealthy or being maligned?
Right now he is neither, and right now is all Hodgson cares about. And right now is better than anyone thought.
With 29 points in 48 games before Tuesday’s contest against the Edmonton Oilers, Hodgson is on pace to be the highest-scoring Vancouver Canuck rookie in nearly 20 years.
He already has more points than Selke Trophy-winning teammate Ryan Kesler had during his first full season in the National Hockey League in 2005-06. Before the All-Star break, Hodgson had equalled the 29 points Hart Trophy-winning teammate Henrik Sedin amassed in 2000-01 and was on pace to far eclipse the 34 points Ted Lindsay Award-winning Daniel Sedin collected that season in Vancouver.
So, let’s just say Hodgson is going to be a good NHL player. And let’s admit also that in a picture broad enough to encompass Hodgson’s gong-show season two years ago, when there was more real or imagined catty melodrama happening than anything on daytime television, his emergence is just short of stunning to everyone but him.
“I grew up with a lot of very good players in this league,” Hodgson said Tuesday before listing off fellow Toronto-area rinkrats like John Tavares, Steve Stamkos, Michael Del Zotto, Jeff Skinner, Alex Pietrangelo and PK Subban. “I knew when they had success [in the NHL], that some day when I was healthy and everything was worked out, I could play. And I just kind of kept that in the back of my mind. Eventually, I knew I could play.”
You remember the soap opera? Coach Alain Vigneault didn’t like Hodgson. His dad didn’t like Vigneault. Hodgson didn’t like what Canuck doctors were telling him about his injured back, so he got his own medical team, which had a different opinion.
Then Hodgson changed personal trainers, enlisting Gary Roberts and working less with Canuck player-development boss Dave Gagner. Then Hodgson declined to show up for another summer prospects camp. Then he changed agents. Then he changed barbers.
He did everything but post an online rant accusing the government of aiming to steal his property.
No wonder Hodgson kept his head down when he came to training camp last fall and made the Canucks. No wonder he keeps his head down still, speaking mostly when he is spoken to while deferring respectfully to veterans – all the while quietly observing how they handle themselves and the media and teammates. Hodgson is learning.
Not only is he going to be a player, he’s going to be a leader. But it was tough.
“I don’t really like looking back,” he said. “It’s tough getting into all that now. I feel I’m in a good position now and contributing. I was fortunate to have friends and family who supported me all the way through.
“There’s good and bad things about being in a passionate hockey market. It’s an amazing building to play in and there’s so much excitement all the time about playing for the Canucks. Everywhere you go, people are wishing you well. On the other hand, everybody wants to know … a lot.
“You can say it’s tough to deal with that all the time [but], lots of guys would love to play in a market like this on a team like this.”
Even now, we can’t seem to leave Hodgson alone.
The discussion of his ice time is endless fodder for the Twitterverse. And when the Canucks traded for David Booth, didn’t they realize that meant Hodgson had to move down to the THIRD LINE!!! (Sorry to go all Tim Thomas with my block lettering, but the hysteria is more obvious that way.)
Hodgson is averaging 12:41 of ice time because he’s fortunate enough to play behind Hank Sedin and Kesler – probably the two best centres in franchise history – on a team that won the Presidents’ Trophy last year by a furlong and had two chances to win one game for the Stanley Cup. Hodgson is going to the All-Star Game to sit at the prospects’ table.
Vigneault and the system are working just fine for Hodgson, who turns 22 on Feb. 18. On weaker teams, Henrik averaged 13:31 as rookie and 12:48 in his second season. Kesler played 14:03 as a freshman.
If Hodgson is bothered by ice time, it’s probably that it keeps surfacing as an issue.
“Even though that stuff is being written and is out there, I try not to listen to it because I know I’ll think about it more than I should,” he said. “I just want to go play and see what happens. I manage my expectations and I’m happy to be playing. Other people, I don’t know, they might think differently. I just want to help any way I can, contribute any way I can.”
Like anyone self-aware who is shoved ready or not into adulthood, Hodgson has learned a lot the past two years – about himself and his profession. He is finally healthy, and far stronger than he was before his back and leg injuries wiped out a full year of development.
When did he know he’d be the player he wants to be?
“I still don’t know,” he said. “I still think I have a ways to go to catch up. It’s just this past summer I actually started feeling good. I’ve got to manage my expectations. Two years ago I wasn’t playing hockey and a year ago I was still dealing with issues.
“I feel good just to be playing [in the NHL]. I’m just enjoying being here.”
I am telling you. NEXT TREVOR LINDEN.
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Cody with a two goal game. He now has 14 points in his last 16 games and is second amongst rookies in goals scored with 13 (only two back of Matt Read’s leading 15). Cody for Calder?
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Cody Hodgson bought 10 tickets to tonight’s game for family and friends. And 1 for his first grade teacher. Because he missed a day of school for a hockey tournament once, and she said it was okay, if he got her tickets when he made the NHL.
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This season, however, Cody Hodgson is leading the Canucks in penalties drawn per 60 minutes, which doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense on the surface. Hodgson doesn’t have the speed of Raymond, the size of Kesler, or the dickery of Burrows. What he does have, however, is the ability to make plays in traffic and a lot of strength on the puck. Hodgson is never afraid to stickhandle in tight situations, frequently causing opponents to reach in and take tripping and hooking penalties.
- Daniel Wagner (of Pass it to Bulis)
ahaha, I love the description of Burrows’ play. Great work there, Daniel.
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C’mon AV. I like you, but I don’t like you for some things. #likeyourbonerforRome
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CODY HODGSON, goal. canucks/blue jackets. october 10th, 2011.
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