I wonder if Hodgson could win the 4th line center job in camp? Rypien isn't much good at center but will probably make the team because AV loves his toughness. Throw out Oreskavich or sometimes Torres on the other wing. Morrison/Malhotra on the third line with Hansen perhaps.
I don't mind the idea of Hodgson working his way out of the trenches. Kesler did that to a certain degree and I like how he learned how to play the physical side of the game well early.
rather have hodgson as mooses 1st line center than our 4th line center playing 5m a game
His salary is certainly working against him that's for sure. But he might get a really awesome line going during pre-season. I hope I'm right.
If they had him as a fourth line C salary would not be a factor at all. He would never hit his performance bonuses as a fourth line C. He wouldn't be there because he'd be matching up against goons and being played in silly circumstances.
It's third, second, or moose for cody. I'm leaning towards moose for the first 40 games. It's not like we desperately need him.
Burrow's isn't a medical expert by any mean but an encouraging assessment none the less. He also said he was very impressed with Hodgson's shiftiness and lateral movement in an interview with Kristen Reid. Can't wait to see him in games.
Last edited by forty47seven: 09-19-2010 at 09:26 PM.
Good evening everyone. Here are my newspaper files after today's practices.
Hodgson back sooner than expected,
Oreskovich was the weekend's warrior
Cody Hodgson's first weekend went well enough that the Vancouver Canucks' long-suffering uber-prospect should be practising and playing with the main team by Wednesday.
There is even a remote chance Hodgson could participate in today's scrimmages before the Canucks split their team and leave Penticton for pre-season games against the Flames Tuesday in Calgary and Vancouver.
Hodgson, who has been battling disc and muscle injuries in his back the last 14 months, probably won't play Tuesday but should be fully participating by Wednesday at the latest.
“I'd like to get going here soon and we'll just have to go through the necessary steps,” the 20-year-old centre said Sunday.
Hodgson practised Saturday and Sunday at the South Okanagan Events Centre's second rink, an Area 51 closed to everyone but for a couple of peep-hole windows. Hodgson thrived among the slightly injured players and fringe prospects and survived “battle drills” that tested his back.
He appeared to have the quickness in his first few strides that was absent last year.
After another game Wednesday, the Canucks have two practice days before a final charge of five pre-season games in seven nights. Hodgson could play in three or four of those, giving himself a chance to yet make the opening-night lineup.
V FOR VICTOR: No one dominated the Canucks' first weekend, but winger Victor Oreskovich was one of the most prominent prospects among candidates with a genuine chance to win a job.
At 6-3 and 225 pounds, the 24-year-old is hard to miss. But it's his speed and physical presence, his eagerness to play in traffic and get to the net, that has set him apart from others.
He has been skating on a line with Daniel Sedin and Brendan Morrison, and that prestigious posting tells you what the Canucks think of the Oreskovich, acquired in June in the Keith Ballard trade with Florida.
“It's only been two practices, but I think our line is playing really well,” Oreskovich said. “Everything's gone awesome so far. The first two skates have gone really, really well. Playing with Morrison and Sedin is amazing. It makes my life a lot easier.”
Oreskovich makes life difficult on defencemen. He has the size and sandpaper the Canucks lacked last season on their bottom two forward lines.
“He's a big body but he can also skate,” Morrison said. “He can get to places. I think in the first two days of camp he has already knocked the net off two or three times getting to the net. He's a big body, man.”
Morrison's tryout has started solidly, too. The centre from Pitt Meadows said he'll embrace any role the Canucks offer him. Although Morrison is hardly a typical, grinding fourth-liner, the Canucks are not predisposed to using that type of player as their fourth centre.
FIRST-LINE AUDITIONS: Henrik Sedin skated the last two days between Aaron Volpatti and Rick Rypien. When the wondertwins' powers are reactivated together, coach Alain Vigneault will start experimenting with potential linemates to fill-in for injured winger Alex Burrows.
Recovering from shoulder surgery, Burrows practised on the weekend with Hodgson and others in Group C, but did not participate in contact drills. A finer time frame for Burrows' return will be established after a strength test this week.
Even if Mikael Samuelsson is promoted from the second line to replace Burrows, as expected, the Canucks still need another skill player for the top-six. Candidates include Sergei Shirokov, Jeff Tambellini and Morrison. Or Manny Malhotra or Raffi Torres could be moved up the depth chart.
Vigneault will seek input from the Sedins before choosing their linemate.
“Whenever he wants to change things on our line, he always has a good conversation with us,” Henrik said. “He has the final word but we're going to talk, for sure.”
LONELY AT THE TOP: Former Vancouver Giant Kevin Connauton, a standout at the prospects tournament last week, had another good weekend and appears to lead the group of young defencemen the Canucks will cultivate this season in the American League.
Connauton really stood out Saturday morning when he volunteered to lead teammates on to the ice only to discover he was twirling alone in front of confused fans.
“Dan Hamhuis stopped on me,” Connauton said of the walk to the ice. “They were saying: 'Who's going to go first.' I said I would and then suddenly I was out there on my own. All in good fun.”
Yeah that's really exciting to see. It sounds like he's driving the net like it's nobody's business. Sounds like he could be a real AV type player.
He certainly comes as advertised and it is clear why the Canucks wanted him included in the trade.
I watched a few Panther games last year and he really stood out - big, fast and hit like a Mack truck. The first couple of times I thought who the the heck is this guy? When he came over in the trade I thought the Canucks could have a real diamond in the rough. Hopefully he fulfills his potential.