1st, Style. If Hodgson is ever going to be an elite player in the NHL its going to have to come from his vision and play making abilities. Those seeing eye passes, breakout outlet passes, and QB-ing the powerplay from the hashboards...Very much like Giroux's game. Both players do not have game breaking speed but Giroux plays like the puck is on a string which allows him to be successful something young Cody has molded his game around in the Junior and International level and parts w. the Nux.
2nd. Stature. Hodgson is 6 feet 185lbs while Giroux is 5'11 180lbs. both are Right Handed. Both from Ontario and came through the Ontario Minor Hockey League.
3rd. Career Paths. Giroux and Hodgson both won gold medals for Team Canada in the World Jr championships, although Hodgson had a more prominent role that Giroux did for their respective teams....... Both led their JR teams to deep playoff runs in the CHL, Giroux w. the Gatineau Olympics scoring 51 pts in 19 playoff games (qmjhl scoring is way higher) while Hodgson scored 31 pts in 21 playoff games for Brampton.
After Junior, Giroux had a miserable training camp with the Flyers and was sent down to the Philadelphia Phantoms. While we all know Cody's struggles at training camp ( mostly due to injuries) but Hodgson was subsequently sent down to the Manitoba Moose. In both cases, both were 1st rnd draft picks who failed to make the team at 1st crack.
When Giroux was called up, he WASNT given a chance in a scoring line right away, The Flyers had Giroux centering the 3rd line during the cup finals playoffs when he dominated scoring 21 pts in 23 games and forced the Flyers to give him more playing time and eventually being a stable on the 1st line. This eventually allowed them to trade Carter and Richards.
Hodgson's time w. the Canucks has been the same, a play maker stuck in the 3rd line hoping to prove his value and get more opportunities and ice time.
Giroux's first full year with the Flyers he scored 16 goals 31 assists for 47 pts.. This year is Cody's first full year w. the Nux and after 34 games he is on pace to score 17 goals and 43 pts.
Both have been thru a long playoff run in the NHL and reached the Stanley Cup Final!
Early in his career, Giroux missed 5 games due to a concussion he got when he was nailed by Corey Perry...Something I thought would have happened to Hodgson after the Foligno hit...fortunately we dodged that bullet.
To me, I see Cody Hodgson in Claude Giroux, small in stature but amazing vision and playmaking abilities capable of putting up 20-25 goals a year while getting 45-55 assists along the the way. Here's to hoping that Cody has the same success and development as Claude Giroux.
p.s. just to add a little irony in my rant, Giroux's first ever NHL points came against the Canucks when he assisted on a Jeff Carter Goal.
Edited by carlweezer, 22 December 2011 - 09:44 PM.