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.
First of all, you're not adding a "little irony" to your rant in your postscript--you're entire post is irony in itself. You reach so far with trying to make a connection between Cody and Giroux that the fact that you call your postscript ironic is itself, ironic.
To be fair, NOBODY, and I mean NOBODY, predicted that Giroux would be as good as he is. So obviously, in that sense, there is a slight chance that Hodgson could have a Giroux-esque development and become a superstar. But for every one Claude Giroux's there are millions of NOT-Claude Giroux's (for example--Sam Gagner, Jeff Tambellini, Brendan Morrison). Cody has a significantly higher chance of not becoming anything close to Claude than the other possibility.
However, Cody certainly has the pedigree--the mentorship and the work ethic--to become a superstar in Giroux's mold. 1st--Just like Giroux, Cody plays under the tutelage of superstar players and is given time to develop his game. 2nd--Just like Giroux, Cody has incredible work ethic and to become a better player.
But we're talking about the leading scorer in the NHL here, and perhaps the best hockey player in the world right now (Crosby needs to sit his ass down--he's not even the best Penguin [Malkin] at the moment even if he was healthy). Can Cody become that? Certainly--but so can Dale Weise. Everybody has a chance, no matter how slim. That's why I hate to say it, but Cody won't become Claude Giroux.
I'd love it if he could prove me wrong, but Cody won't be as good as Claude. I see his ceiling being a PPG guy, with maybe one or two seasons above PPG. I'd be happy with a Paul Stastny-type career.
Edited by Dasein, 22 December 2011 - 09:50 PM.