Sure did.I think it had something to do with the ice time despite being a Canuck scoring machine in mid season.
VANCOUVER — We'll probably never know what hurt more for Cody Hodgson: being unhealthy or being maligned?
Right now he is neither, and right now is all Hodgson cares about.
Right now is better than anyone thought.
With 29 points in 49 games, including nine in nine before Hodgson's shootout winner Tuesday gave the Canucks a 3-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers, the 21-year-old is on pace to be the highest-scoring Vancouver rookie in nearly 20 years.
Hodgson already has more points than Selke Trophy-winning teammate Ryan Kesler had during his first full season in the National Hockey League in 2005-06. Hodgson has equalled by the All-Star break the 29 points Hart Trophy-winning teammate Henrik Sedin amassed in 2000-01. Barring injury, he'll soar past the 34 points Ted Lindsay Award-winning Daniel Sedin collected that same season in Vancouver.
So, let's just say Cody Hodgson is going to be a good NHL player. And let's admit also that in a picture broad enough to encompass Hodgson's gong-show season two years ago, when there was more real or imagined melodrama than anything on daytime television, his emergence is just short of stunning to everyone but him.
“I grew up with a lot of very good players in this league,” Hodgson said Tuesday before listing off fellow Toronto-area rinkrats like John Tavares, Steve Stamkos, Michael Del Zotto, Jeff Skinner, Alex Pietrangelo, PK Subban. “I knew when they had success [in the NHL], that some day when I was healthy and everything was worked out, I could play. And I just kind of kept that in the back of my mind. Eventually, I knew I could play.”
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