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06-11-2012, 05:55 PM
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1) Kesler is starting the year injured.
2) Hodgson was bad defensively in the AHL — whatever the differences between the AHL and the NHL, Schroeder has shown he's willing to adapt and learn. It doesn't mean he's going to be a shutdown center right away (or more like ever) but I think the team would be happy enough if he can come out ahead in possession stats (which Hodgson never did) and also if he doesn't complain about ice-time constantly.
1) As mentioned, he should start the year as our #2C. When Kesler returns, I'm not sure he'll stick all season as the #3C. I think it's more likely that he'll transfer to wing or be back in the AHL.
2) You watch more Wolves games than I do, I'm fully aware of that, but every article I ever read about Hodgson at the AHL level had him pegged as a player that was atleast above average defensively. Schroeder is better, I get that, but I don't think that's enough for AV to trust him as his #3C. I have a feeling it will be an issue, and I'd be very shocked to see him as our #3C going into the post season. Maybe I'm wrong and Schroeder dazzles us all including AV, I just don't think it's the most likely scenario. Schroeder hasn't even played an NHL game yet, atleast Hodgson had SOME experience the year prior before he was placed in such a critical role.
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