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09-27-2010, 03:11 PM
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Reports out of the practice today indicate Hodsgon is back on wing with Kesler and Raymond for Tuesday's game. Looks like AV is really testing his fitness level by throwing him with those two speedsters.

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09-27-2010, 03:40 PM
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Reports out of the practice today indicate Hodsgon is back on wing with Kesler and Raymond for Tuesday's game. Looks like AV is really testing his fitness level by throwing him with those two speedsters.
Isn't that the spot he's auditioning for as well? At least he could end up on that line if he proves he's ready.

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09-27-2010, 03:58 PM
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I don't think Hodgson can skate with Kesler and Raymond. Maybe a whole game behind the play will convince him Manitoba isn't a slap in the face.

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He played a whole game with them last night and kept up just fine.

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09-27-2010, 04:09 PM
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I don't know why they'd play Kesler 2 games in a row.

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I don't think Hodgson can skate with Kesler and Raymond. Maybe a whole game behind the play will convince him Manitoba isn't a slap in the face.
Raymond and Kesler push the D back with their speed and Hodgson comes in high for the drop pass. Doesn't seem like an issue to me. I think your underestimating Hodgson's skating - he didn't look out of place last night. Sameulsson doesn't seem to have a problem making it work.

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09-27-2010, 04:52 PM
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Hodgson looked better last night after his absence from the game then Sundin looked after his absence

Some facts from last nights game on bleacher report.com

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But Hodgson was one of the better Canuck forwards in the game. One of only two Canucks skaters to be a plus player (Victor Oreskovich was the other), Hodgson was a plus-one for the night.

Altogether Hodgson played 17:40, and directed seven shots at the Oilers' net (two shots, three blocked shots and two more missed shots). While he didn't pick up an assist, Hodgson did provide a nice screen on Kesler's goal as he cruised through the crease and attempted to tip the wrist shot.

Most importantly, his back held up during the game, as Hodgson took a few hits and was credited with two hits of his own.
http://*******************/articles/...n-game-of-2010

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09-27-2010, 05:08 PM
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I don't think Hodgson can skate with Kesler and Raymond. Maybe a whole game behind the play will convince him Manitoba isn't a slap in the face.
Hodgson looked fine out there I think it might be better for Kesler to play wing and Hodgson to play center.

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09-27-2010, 05:09 PM
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the fact he was +1 in a 8-2 drubbing and still played basically 18 min, is amazing to me.

He was solid last night, and will continue to get better

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09-27-2010, 05:11 PM
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He got through the game without his body imploding. That's good, and all that can be reasonably expected for the first time out.

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09-27-2010, 06:01 PM
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Hodgson looked good, but rusty. The puck bounced off his stick on a few different passes and stickhandling attempts. I'd like to see how he does after a couple more games. He should be more comfortable and finding his hands a bit more.

It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for him to go down to the Moose for awhile to get his reflexes and game up to speed.

I think if he was comfortable and at the point where he needs to be, he would have taken the extra second to take a step out and roof the shot he put into Khabbi's pads at the side of the net.

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09-27-2010, 06:32 PM
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James Duthie article about Gary Roberts and his training program, and some quotes regarding Hodgson in there. Pretty good read.

http://www.tsn.ca/columnists/james_duthie/?id=335457

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09-27-2010, 06:35 PM
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He got through the game, but that's all I'll say. Didn't look as spectacular to me as some people are putting it. He looks a lot faster than last year, but doesn't have the speed needed yet.

He'll continue to improve, no doubt. I still can't see him cracking the lineup just yet.

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09-27-2010, 06:53 PM
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I would actually like to see Hodgson on a line without 2 of the fastest players on the team. It just seemed like he was putting most of his effort just trying to keep up with Macy and Kes. Also it didn't help that they didn't develop chemistry right off the bat.

oh well, we'll see how the line does tomorrow and I'm sure AV will change the lines up in whichever game Hodgson plays next.

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09-27-2010, 07:29 PM
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Hodgson looked very nervous in the 1st period, wasn't him out there. Then he came out in the 2nd and started playing the way he can, and showed with his hockey smarts, positioning and puck handling why he was highly regarded in Junior.

His speed was ok, probably below average for an NHL forward, but not out of place. He was ok on the puck, again probably below average for an NHL forward but again not out of place and not unexpected for a 20year old. He was not afraid to mix it in and did not play perimeter hockey. On the Kesler goal, it was his forecheck that caused the Oil to turn the puck over to Raymond. As far as I can tell, he skated hard all night and was not floating around.

Considering everything that's transpired, that it was his first game in a long time and that he's only 20 years old, you'd have to consider last night a resounding success.

We should expect him to be sent down to the Moose though as even if he plays another 2 pre-season games, its better for him to take it one step at a time by playing in the AHL and to get in hockey shape. I would not be surprised though if he is called up before the new year.

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09-27-2010, 07:34 PM
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I would actually like to see Hodgson on a line without 2 of the fastest players on the team. It just seemed like he was putting most of his effort just trying to keep up with Macy and Kes.
Which is why I think Tamby will get the 2nd line spot RW come the regular season, as he has more experience and better skating to keep up with Raymond & Kesler.

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09-27-2010, 08:54 PM
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There's another dude on our team with average NHL speed. I think he won the Art Ross. Just saying.

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09-27-2010, 08:56 PM
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There's another dude on our team with average NHL speed. I think he won the Art Ross. Just saying.
But he has telekinetic ability.
You're way off base with your comparison



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09-27-2010, 10:47 PM
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Because of a crappy game allround there was very little flow for our team...will be could to see how that line playswhen things are alittle bit smoother

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09-27-2010, 11:19 PM
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There's another dude on our team with average NHL speed. I think he won the Art Ross. Just saying.
The only place speed matters is in NHL 11. Cody looked fine considering all he's been through. The back, the rift, Gary Roberts, the rift... hard times for the youngster. Everything will eventually piece itself together as he plays more games and gets comfortable out on the ice.

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09-27-2010, 11:25 PM
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cody looked pretty good in edmonton. hasnt played hockey for a long time because of his back injury. His skating imo has improved a bit... average below skater, sedin'ish speed.. but his hockey sense is terrific imo, finding the open spots when kesler/raymond are blazing in through the offensive zone.

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If Hodgson played center on that line with kesler and Raymond I bet they would gel better offensively with 2 players able to retrieve pucks on the forecheck more effectively.

I understand that they want to ease Hodgson in still and that center has too many responsibilities but I think that wing does not suit Hodgson style of play.

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If Hodgson played center on that line with kesler and Raymond I bet they would gel better offensively with 2 players able to retrieve pucks on the forecheck more effectively.

I understand that they want to ease Hodgson in still and that center has too many responsibilities but I think that wing does not suit Hodgson style of play.
I agree. As the centreman, Hodgson would just have to feed the forwards the puck and initiate the play... he could act as the trailer and take a pass on an odd man rush while still being in good position to get back if the play dies.

That said, being a centre is a lot of responsibility. I don't think he's ready for that especially with him being eased into game-play, so I don't mind that he's on Kesler's wing.

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09-28-2010, 12:15 AM
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I don't think Hodgson can skate with Kesler and Raymond. Maybe a whole game behind the play will convince him Manitoba isn't a slap in the face.
Considering that Kesler and Raymond werent able to sustain any pressure in the past game, it's not like he's out of place with them there.

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Considering that Kesler and Raymond werent able to sustain any pressure in the past game, it's not like he's out of place with them there.
I thought Raymond did a good job of that. Anyway, Hodgson is not a bad skater. He'll be fine.

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