Oh, so now it's all about pedigree? Hank won a Hart, Kes won a Selke, so therefore their positions on the Canucks are all but guaranteed?
Maybe you missed the part where Kesler's goals and points dropped by nearly a full 50%. Oh, but he won a Selke, so we just don't talk about those stats. Is that it?
.....You think there spots weren't guarenteed???
I know your in your Cody cloud but come back down to reality and see there was no chance he was playing over either player.
Funny that Kesler's points dropping by 50% is still better than what Cody was able to do.
Speaking of the most idiotic statements ever heard, this one might well take the cake. He's just fine defensively. He was voted the best penalty killer and the smartest player in the OHL, multiple times, by that league's coaches. If he had an issue, it was speed, which should be expected as a rookie. Do you at all remember the joke that was the Sedin's in their first year in the NHL? And what happened with them? Right, trotted out on the second line, and the second PP, regardless of how slow, weak, and unproductive they were. That's how you develop guys with obvious talent - like Hodgson. BTW, who's Buffalo's #1 C to start the year? Oh yeah.
And this "rigging" of ice-time is a real knee-slapper. Was the puck rigged too, when he scored all of those goals? Did Mike Gillis give him commands from above, as to where to shoot the puck on the goalie?
OHL/Junior acomplishments don't convert over to the NHL pal, sorry it's the sad reality, Angelo Espositio had an outstanding Junior Career, and was on the top line on the same WJ team Hodgson was on, look where he is now.
Issues with Speed shouldn't be expected for every rookie, Schroeder is plenty fast, Galchenyuk is fast, Tarasenko is fast, Yakupov is fast, it is just an issue of Cody's that is exclusive to him, not something that is a universal problem among all rookies.
He's not just fine defensively at this level, he's below average, Schroeder is better than him. Hodgson is alright and maybe that is something that can be developed but he doesn't have that quick first step and mobility to be a top option defensively.
And him being top line isn't because he's the best center, Ennis is a much better option, but Ennis is on the 2nd line due to his chemistry with Stafford, but don't worry with Grigorenko making the team, if Cody struggles he will be off that line in favor of Grigs in a hurry.