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Canucks Prospects make WJC Preliminary Rosters



<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/11/nov1709_chbsmall_smallt.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">Recently preliminary rosters for the World Junior Championships were released for a few teams and the Canucks right now have three prospects who have been invited to their respective country's training camp for the junior tournament. Cody Hodgson is on <a href="http://is.gd/5aqf0">Canada's roster</a>, Jordan Schroeder is on the <a href="http://is.gd/5aqez ">USA's roster</a> and Anton Rodin is on Team <a href="http://is.gd/5aqdW">Sweden's roster</a>.

Hodgson who struggled with a back injury throughout the Canucks pre-season was <a href="http://communities.canada.com/theprovince/blogs/whitetowel/archive/2009/12/02/hodgson-cleared-for-full-contact-invited-to-national-junior-team-camp.aspx">cleared for contact</a> the same day he was invited to the WJ training camp. The Canucks prospect shone at last year's tournament setting a new record for points scored in a single World Juniors Championship. He's one of 7 returning players from last year's squad, three defenceman and four forwards. He's going to be relied upon to be a big part of the Canadian team's leadership and with an unproven junior goaltender in net for Canada again, until the man between the pipes proves his calibre, the Canadians offense is going to win this championship. Hodgson's coming back better after winning MVP honors in the OHL and his next goal should be to win captaincy of this team. He's led the Battalion for years, he proved he was clutch and lead the offensive junior juggernaut last year at the same tournament, and he's going to have to step up and showcase every aspect of his game.

Schroeder is a player that Canucks fans don't get to see play too often. If you watch University of Minnesota hockey, or have access to it, that's a different story. Schroeder didn't make an appearance at the Canucks pre-season camp because he would have had to give up his NCAA eligibility and sign a pro contract. Should Schroeder make the team it'll be a great chance to see how he's developed with University of Minnesota in his time since the off season. The World Juniors is a fast paced and passionate tournament and it'll be a good indicator of the speed and rate at which he can play. The Canucks are moving to build a team around a run-and-gun style hockey. Schroeder is a part of that as much as Cody Hodgson is so here's to hoping he's not another first round bust like Patrick White.

Rodin was the Canucks 2nd round pick 53rd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry draft. He's been playing the year with Brynäs IF of the Elitiserien. He's likely going to be on the 3rd or 4th lines for the Swedish Junior team and might even see some action on Sweden's second power play unit. If he makes it he could be playing on a junior team with Flames prospect Tim Erixon and Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson.

The Canucks have a lot to look forward to with these prospects and watching Canucks prospects at the World Juniors is going to make the whole thing that much more exciting. In my mind Hodgson is a shoe in for the team pending back injury and Schroeder will likely make the team as well. Rodin is going to be filling in a bottom 6 forward and I see him as having the least guaranteed spot. I'm certainly looking forward to a Canada/US WJHC final. Watching Hodgson and Schroeder duke it out for their country's pride could show us a dimension of each player we've never seen. The pace of the tournament in it's short length makes the World Juniors my favourite tournament to watch. Following Canucks prospects in it just adds to the experience.

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/11/nov1709_mozy_small.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">Richard Loat writes for Canucks Hockey Blog and is a fan of the underdog – first Bryan Allen, then Alex Burrows, and now Jannik Hansen. His passion for the Canucks led to the Canucks Hockey Blog and a lot of #Canucks tweets on his Twitter account.


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I didn't feel necessary to write a comment on this article, but I disagree entirely on how people perceive people to be "busts". Patrick White is still in college and people take time to mature, some longer than others. He's a little slower on development than say a few other people, but to call him a bust now, is far too premature.

A bust, by definition, would include Alexandre Daigle. He's actually SEEN NHL time and was highly touted to be the next "Wayne Gretzky". His NHL numbers certainly don't reflect that. Arguably, you could say that Gilbert Brule is a bust too. He's actually been given chances to go in the NHL.

I find it very unnecessary for you to include that part of the article. That comment simply strengthens the image that the fanbase of the Canucks are classless. People easily forget, this guy WORE Canuck colours IN Minnesota happily. But what's done is done - I'd just thought I'd write this in for the underdog. Ironically, the underdog supporter doesn't support Patrick White.

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richard loat u write for canucks.com and thescore.com u should not write on any cuz ur stupid.

schroeder will likely make the team he will be on the team u tard not likely will unless hes injured Schroeder didn't make an appearance at the Canucks pre-season camp because he would have had to give up his NCAA eligibility and sign a pro contract no he wouldnt he wouldve had to pay his own way to the camp cuz patrick white was there and he is still in the ncaa

so here's to hoping he's not another first round bust like Patrick White. how is patrick white a bust he hasnt even played in the league???? thats like saying Cody Hodgsons a bust cuz he hasnt made it either.

wow u really need to know more about hockey cuz u really dont know anything bout it give ur head a shake and go try a different sport

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