Sabres fans may or may not know Cody Hodgson’s name – but it’s one they’ll all have to learn, as we welcome the newest player to the Buffalo organization, thanks to an active trade deadline day this year.
The former Canucks rookie becomes the youngest player on the Sabres roster now. At 22 years old, he’s just seventeen days younger than blueliner Tyler Myers.
Although Hodgson has played in Vancouver for his entire NHL career, he’s not a complete stranger to some members of the current Sabres roster.
Hodgson played with forward Tyler Ennis during the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships for Team Canada. Tyler Myers was also on that team, and he and Hodgson also played together at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships. All three were also first-round selections in the 2008 draft class.
The Toronto native was drafted 10th overall that year.
Hodgson began his professional career with the Brampton Battalion of the OHL, where he played four seasons. In 197 regular season games, he tallied 114 goals and 129 assists. His best season came in 2008-2009, where he ended the season with a +41 rating and 92 points in 53 games.
For international scoring, he had 12 points in 7 games during the 2008 U18 championships, and 16 points in six games at the 2009 World Juniors.
Hodgson is a young player who has proven himself at the OHL and international levels. He spent the majority of last season with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL, where he attained 30 points (17-13) in 52 games.
This season with Vancouver, he’d played 63 games and has 16 goals and 17 assists, putting him third on points scoring for the Sabres now. He’s a +8 on the season and has just eight penalty minutes – almost certainly a good thing for a team struggling with forwards taking “stupid penalties” according to coach Ruff.
Before his OHL days, Hodgson grew up playing for the Markham Waxers along with fellow NHLers Steven Stamkos and Michael Del Zotto. He began playing hockey in 1994-95 with the Haliburton Huskies before moving to Markham at age seven, where he joined the Waxers squad. He suffered a muscle strain in his back while training before the 2009-10 season and missed the first 50 games of the 2009-10 OHL season and struggled with the injury even after returning later that season. Hodgson then trained with former NHLer Gary Roberts.
The move that brought Hodgson to Buffalo sent young forward Zack Kassian away, but it will prove to be a strong move for the Sabres squad. Hodgson is a promising player with a lot of skill and he could fit well on the new Sabres team.
Some reports bash Hodgson for his lack of size, but at 6’0″, he’s the same height as Boyes, Ellis, Pominville and Sekera. In fact, his height and weight (as listed on Sabres.com) are exactly the same as Pominville – and do people ever complain about his ‘lack of size?’ No.
Sabres fans will get to see Hodgson in action for the first time with a Sabres uniform on tomorrow evening, as the Sabres are in Anaheim to take on the Ducks. Hodgson will wear #19 – so watch out for him.