Vigneault stiffs Hodgson in first game of season
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09-22-2011, 10:03 AM
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It should also be noted that the big irony here is that this organization has given Hodgson a massive free pass at various points and all kinds of opportunity and gametime that he did nothing to earn.
Was kept way deep into the preseason in both 2009 and 2010 despite looking awful throughout camp.
Was given 20 NHL games last year despite doing next-to-nothing in Manitoba and scoring 17 points in his last 37 AHL games.
Was playing games deep in the NHL playoffs despite doing looking very poor in an NHL uniform last year, struggling defensively, and generating nothing offensively.
Isn't required to attend the prospect tourney last week despite the fact that every other prospect of his age/experience from the attending teams was there.
The Canucks (and Vigneault) have done *absolutely everything possible* to give this guy an opportunity to succeed. To blame the coaches is utterly laughable.
If this guy was a 3rd round pick and had exactly the same track record over the past few years, he wouldn't have played an NHL shift yet.
I'm sorry, but 6:00 per game isn't enough for anyone to succeed. Even in the vaunted Detroit model, Datsyuk and Zetterberg were handed 70+ games and 14:00+ minutes in their first year. They were not 'eased in', and most high draft picks are not.
Justin Abdelkader was treated similarly to Hodgson. Less than a PPG in the AHL, 20 games in the playoffs, two sniffs at the show to the tune of 4 games total. Even then, in his first real chance he was given 50 games and 10:00 per game. He was -11 over that time.
At some point you have to give a promising prospect at least 40 games and 10 minutes per game and let him make mistakes and learn. That's what we did with Raymond, who was not eased in either. For example, neither Burrows or Kesler played less than 10 minutes a game on the big club.
Keeping a guy around to essentially be a black ace can help in terms of experience and that's why so many clubs call up young kids during the playoffs so they can soak up the atmosphere. Preseason games mean nothing so I don't understand what your argument is there.
But that hardly adds up to giving a guy a 'free pass'.
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