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03-17-2013, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Dado View Post
I disagree. Hodgson with different wingers and an all round better team looks quite a bit different than Hodgson playing on a lottery pick team. There are plenty of cup winners who have had centres look like Hodgson at the equivalent stage of player and team development.
But that's not the issue. Hodgson wanted (or demanded depending on whom you believe) top 6 ice time right now. If he was to stay on the Canucks he'd have to be given 2nd line C ice time even with a healthy Kesler. A team that has designs on winning the cup cannot have a player at his current abilities getting the defensive responsibilities that a top 6 player must handle. A supposed elite team simply cannot have a top 6 center who they have to shelter or build their entire lineup around to overcome his weaknesses.

He may be able to improve over time to the point where he can be a good enough 2 way player to be a top 6 center on a great team but he's not there yet.

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