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06-11-2012, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Tiranis View Post
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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