"I really hope we don't give up on him, he has so much skill and untapped potential."
Honestly you should listen to half you guys. Finding every excuse around for a player who is heading to be a an AHL player at best if he doesn't give himself a shake.
How is that making an excuse? He is saying we should be patient with him, since some prospects develop at there own rate and still become good NHLer's, he's preaching patience, and that's what we should have with this kid. Something alot of Canuck fans dont have, and I would put you in that majority judging by these comments.
Please, no more excuses for Schroeder. He is no Hodgson. Furthermore I would say Hodgson played to his strengths to limit his obvious weaknesses, such as lack of pace and average defence.
Here's the issue I see with this statement, the AHL is a developmental league, it is about working on your weakness just as much as it is your strenghts, if JS never worked on his weakness and only played to his strengths all the time he would get exploited big time at the next level.
You have to develop both evenly with Schroeder is doing, offense isn't a concern for him, he could step into the NHL right now and his offensive ability would be good enough to compete in that league, but if he doesn't work on his weakness's he won't be able to have to all round game to support the opportunities to use his strengths.
He is actually better than Hodgson in alot of aspects, skating he is way better, he is better defensively, he is brings more to the table on a shift to shift basis, and can create things in more than one zone, Cody is great in the offensive zone, but he isn't the kind of player that can take the puck end to end like Schroeder can, Cody is better in controlled situations, he is outstanding in them, but he doesn't have the game breaking ability on a shift to shift basis that Schroeder does.
Schroeder has the ability to be a far better player but I don't think there is any spark there. He's small so he should be "putting himself about" far more. He needs to let opposition players know he is there by using his speed and low centre of gravity. He also needs to shoot far more and be defensively more responsible.
He can't expect the Canucks to "carry him" if indeed he gets a shot in Vancouver. He will still lose out to Ebbett the way he is playing at present.............and I would have no complaints if he did.
I would like to see him with some better line mates and if he can't elevate his game I'm afraid he is going to be no good to us.
He has actually been playing well lately by all accounts, 6 points in 9 games and has looked dangerous offensively (like he always does).
As for your concerns I agree he needs to shoot more, his shot is a lethal weapon (His wrist shot atleast) but he is a "pass-first" guy so you have to keep that in mind, in the NHL I doubt he will look to pass when he has good chances honeslty, so I'm not too worried about it.
As for him needing to put himself out more, I think he does, he speeds around all the time, backchecks hard and shown he can be good on the breakout, whether it is taking the puck around guys and getting it in or making a smart pass, he is very elusive and for his size has alot of strength and is very strong on his skates IMO.
I think you just need to learn to be more patient with him, he is already earned a shot, we just have to wait for this damn work stoppage to end and see what he can do, If he stick I say he can put up 20 goals with a full season, but that's me.
And no he won't lose out to Ebbett, he has been better than Ebbett this year.