His speed looks good because he's in juniors. skating is not actually one of his strengths and he actually needs to improve his skating quite a bit to compete in the NHL. For a big guy, Jensen's skating is not bad - but not good either.
If you watch Hodgson's highlight videos from juniors, he blows some kids out of the water with speed too.
Speed is actually one of his strongest assets.
Regardless of what level he's playing in, you can tell he's a fast skater. He also manages to get up to top speed fairly effortlessly.
Sure he needs to continue improving on his skating, but so does every player hoping to make the jump to the NHL. The important thing is that he's already a strong skater, so it shouldn't be hard for him to build on it.
And Hodgson was never a bad skater, contrary to popular belief around here. The only thing he lacked was explosiveness in his skating, his top speed was always good though. He's worked on that alot though, and skating really isn't a problem for him anymore.
As Bob Mackenzie puts it, "he has tremendous speed"
Edited by DeNiro, 08 August 2011 - 11:01 PM.