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It’s only one game.

But if this provided us with a microcosm of Cody Hodgson’s game, then we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

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#TheEyesGoToCoHo - we'll explain that later.

Let’s break it down:

1st Period Stats/Highlights:

  • 2 shots
  • 1 blocked shot
  • 1 hit
  • 3/2 on faceoffs (.600)
  • Sweet behind the net dish to Stafford – Drew missed the open side.

2nd Period Stats/Highlights (compiled from 1st):

  • +1
  • 3 shots
  • 1 blocked shot
  • 2 hits
  • 5/3 on faceoffs (.625)
  • LaFontaine-esque charge to the front of the net was heroic, but his backhand dribbled just wide (as Koivu did a fine job backchecking him)

Overall Stats/Highlights (compiled from 1st and 2nd):

  • +1
  • 4 shots
  • 1 blocked shot
  • 3 hits
  • 5/3 on faceoffs (.625)
  • Teed off on a pass from Ennis on a 2 on 1 – went high on Hiller who just caught it with his shoulder

 

Cody centered a line between Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford, and for the most part, they played very well together. Hodgson also saw time on the PP and PK, and was effective on both, as Lindy tried out his new toy. On the first Sabres PP, he was not timid about taking the puck from the boards to the net and snapping the puck at the net. On his debut PK, his positioning was strong near the point, while the puck never really came to his area.

He was strong on his skates – many might complain he is “small” at 6 foot – ignore them. He trains with NHL legend Gary Roberts (as does Sabres prospect Dan Catenacci, who commented on the effectiveness of the Roberts training regimen in an interview with us last year).

Perhaps the best surprise was his solid two-way play, not to mention his calmness, poise and positioning in the offensive zone. He was very good at finding the open areas with his body and with his passes. Smart kid? Yup. Lindy had his line out for the final minute of clutch hockey, to help seal Miller’s shutout.

He’s simply fun to watch.

Like the old Jeff Goldblum movie watching mantra, “The eyes go to Goldblum,” the eyes go to Hodgson when watching the game. His game is an opportunistic and quick one – he even tried a couple slick wrap-arounds on Ducks’ netminder Jonas Hiller – he just draws you in as a fan.

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Get it trending.

Go Sabres.

 

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