Funny you should mention it.
Didn't Cody score some sort of highlight reel, clutch goal against the Bruins in January?
Yup, and he got an assist as well. He had a very good game, points-wise, in a 4 - 3 Canuck win. He had the winning goal as well.
Hodgson also finished at "even" on his +/- for the night. True, +/- can be misleading, but I include it merely for discussion's sake.
Sedin's defensive play aren't very good, they have zero physical game, average at face-offs, average skating ability. Same could be said about a lot of other guys, too. Pat Kane. Steve Stamkos. Jeff Skinner.
It's very easy to nit-pick anybody's game, and find holes in it. Guys like Eric Lindros don't come along very often.
It's good that you are finally acknowledging that Hodgson has deficiencies in his game.
It is true that the Sedin's strong point is offense, however, their respective defensive games are still far better than Hodgson's.
True, they are not very physical players compared some others on the team, however they have put some pretty good hits on guys in their time. They know when and where and how, something which comes with experience, something which Hodgson does not have a lot of, yet.
Henrik finished last season at 50.1% on face-offs. Hodgson finished with 46.3%. The things that I would suggest here are: 1.) almost 4% is still a pretty big gap in the land of statistics; 2.) of the two of them, who would routinely draw the best face-off guy from the other team? Hopefully Hodgson has been working on his face-offs as next season he will likely be tested more than he has in previous seasons.
If you recall, I mentioned I thought Hodgson was on the low side of average with regard to his skating, let's say it's a C-/C. I believe the Sedins are to the higher side of average, say C/C+. A lot of this has to do with experience in the NHL and their time playing on the same line. They are often able to find open ice. Perhaps Hodgson will learn, adjust, train and eventually improve in some aspects of his skating.
Sure it's easy to nit-pick any one player's game. That's what we're doing here, right? We are analysing Hodgson's game in light of the Kassian trade. And you are right, guys like Lindros don't come along very often, and as far as talent and size, he was not re-born in Cody Hodgson. This being said, I find it ironic that you mention Lindros, a guy with a reputation of being a whiner, in a thread about Hodgson.
Even though he was 3rd on our team in goals, he should've been in the AHL. OK.
Oh, I almost forgot that those goals were due to Mike Gillis manipulating his situational play. Carry-on.
Once again, you are misreading or misunderstanding and then creating an entirely different point that you are trying to argue against. I said his performance in the month prior to the trade was worthy of him being in the AHL, not the NHL. What I said, and what you seem to think I said are two different things. OK?
Anyhoo, it's nice to see that you are starting to accept that Hodgson was playing sheltered minutes.
Edited by Gollumpus, 02 September 2012 - 01:06 AM.
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