Hodgson Arrives in Buffalo on Pace to Join Elite Company2
You wanted offense?
You got it.
Before Cody Hodgson has laced up his skates for the Blue and Gold, the rookie has already compiled 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points. The Sabres have 20 games left. Mathematically, he’s on pace for 20-22-42.
Just how would those totals stack up against former Sabres rookies?
Note: of course, he will no longer be on a third line as he was while with the Canucks – he’ll be up against tougher defensive pairings. Then again, he’ll have more opportunities on the power play, and should see some playing time with Thomas Vanek. That being noted, let’s have a gander at the rookie record book from the Sabres’ Media Guide:
Well, he’s just barely off that chart with that 20 goal pace – but it’s certainly reachable. The assist category will be difficult to break into – that might depend on how much ice time he sees with snipers Vanek and Pominville. Overall points should go the same route, depending on his line mates.
So what’s the point?
Well, whether he breaks into any of these charts or not, Hodgson certainly is bringing a lot of offense to a team that so very sorely needs just that. Should he endure and grow statistically as he has in his first year in Vancouver, he could be a dynamic player for the Blue and Gold. He could be great.
Time will tell.
But it sure is exciting thinking about this kid’s future.
Edit: here’s some outstanding tape on CoHo’s 1st 14 goals this season.
Is it Wednesday yet?
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