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01-19-2013, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by lush View Post
Thanks for the feedback. Which PP is Hodgson on?
In camp Hodgson practiced on the first unit which included Vanek, Pominville, and Ehrhoff. Leino was also there but I'm not sure that lasts or if they tried other guys already. I'm quite certain this will be the PP unit they go with unless it doesn't produce. Ennis-Stafford should be expected to stick together on the second unit, which doesn't leave many worthy candidates to replace Hodgson as PP1 center outside of Grigorenko. Grigorenko would probably be used as a PP winger this early in his career, due to the fact he is not proven to be reliable at faceoffs.

Originally Posted by lush View Post
You guys seriously need a fantasy thread!

Is Hodgson seriously on the top line? Huge sleeper IMHO (van fan here)
Yep. Part of that is he doesn't have much competition (Ennis is the best other candidate and Foligno-Ennis-Stafford is set in stone, particularly Ennis-Stafford) but he also deserves the opportunity. He played a bit with both last year and a lot with Vanek. Vanek-Poms made Luke Adam look like a legitimate top 6 NHL-ready player for a month and Hodgson is a much better fit (better defensively, better hockey IQ). If Hodgson doesn't work there the only two options to replace him are Hecht (great history w/ Poms) and Grigorenko (if he's playing well, that line would be dangerous). Ruff very much wants to groom Hodgson as his reliable top two-way center.

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