There is no question that on the defensive side of the puck, Schroeder is more reliable. From his speed to his work ethic, Schroeder's tenacity to back check is what earns him points in the eyes of the Canucks management and coaching staff. This even lead to him getting an overtime shift in his first game as a Canuck.
Schroeder's developement in the AHL has been below expectations from a pure point production. The Wolves however, are not offensive juggernauts, especially under head coach Scott Arniel.
That said, the ceiling on Schroeder is still unknown. In his junior/univeristy career, he has shown the ability to put up above average points in a solid two-way game, playing with nobody.
Hodgson's junior career was pure offense. Cody was able to 92 Pts in 53 games with linemates, Evgeny Grachev(80pts) and Matt Duchene (79pts) in 2008-2009. He was CHL player of the year and played extremely well in the WJHC.
So how do you compare, let's take a look at the only even playing field.
2010-2011 Regular Season Stats:
CH: 52gp 17g 13a 30pts +8 (with Canucks 8gp 1g 1a 2pts)
JS: 61gp 10g 18a 28pts -7
2010-2011 Playoff Season Stats:
CH: 12gp 0g 1a 1pts
JS: 14gp 1g 5a 6pts
IMO, they are virtually the same player, the "offensive talent that CH possesses isn't far off what Schroeder can produce. Playing with Matt Duchene in Brampton was a clear advantage in the offensive development and reflects in his junior numbers. On the flip side, Schroeder is that much better defensively either, the minus number in the AHL shows me that Schroeder struggled to adjust to the speed and strength of professional hockey, even at the AHL level. He put up similar numbers to CH and did it one year younger.
All in all, neither player's base skill-set is far and away better than the other. With the exception of foot speed, advantage Schroeder.
We haven't even begun to discuss the attitudes and work ethic of each player. From the two games I've seen, I've seen JS work harder in battles along the boards, park himself in front of the net and retrieve loose pucks in the defensive zone, I never saw any of this with Cody.
Cody made himself expendable, and although the trade was a Win-Win for both teams, I think we won more, with Schroeder in the wings, Cody was expendable and Kassian has the POTENTIAL to be a dominant force for years to come, but that's another thread
I don't think we can neccisarily say that, as they also have Marcus Foligno waiting in the wings, but I think the trade, based on where our organization is compared to them, favors us at the moment, as Kassian and Schroeder don't have to be relied on like Foligno and Cody do, so when they play like they have it is a very pleasent surprise and really shows you how far along they are.
I think offensively JS and Cody are just as good, they just bring different things, Cody is better down low protecting the puck, stick handling down loe, exc. (which at this level is pretty much his bread and butter) he is better at setting up and making plays, Schroeder is better off the rush at making things happen, far more explosive and has more "game breaking offensive ability" as I would put it, passing ability is the same IMO, maybe a bit to JS advantage as he can anticipate and make passes quicker than Cody can.
Then shooting Cody has the better slap shot, where as I think Schroeder has the better wrist shot.
Schroeder was projected (around the draft) to be a 1st line scoring forward while bringing great defensive ability. And Cody was projected as a 1st line center aswell, both have had there detractors that appeared to have snubbed that potential, (Schroeder with bad 1st full year in the AHL, Cody with injury problems) although who knows, I would say that the injury troubles and now being relied on rather than learning like he would here won't help, where as Jordan learned alot from his bad year and is really starting to show that promise.
IMO they will both be good players, although I wouldn't say one will be signifcantly above the other at this point.
People are for some reason blinded by Cody Hodgson still without actually watching any of his games and just look purely at the stat line.
More to hockey than just stats...
Yeah he isn't having a great night defensively, lost a battle to Joel Ward which directly cost them a goal, then the one went off him.
Well Ovie just scored and he wasn't on, so atleast he is moving in the right direction.
Edited by Smashian Kassian, 27 January 2013 - 03:03 PM.