Between a never ending goaltending cycle, an un-ending injury list and a last place team who might get screwed by the NHL in hopes of tanking for the next franchise player next season, there is never a dull moment for the 30th ranked franchise known as the Buffalo Sabres. Now amidst all the other chaos, Ted Nolan can’t find a place to play Cody Hodgson.
Now before we get into a debate about the Buffalo Sabres acquiring Hodgson, let’s all remember we gave up Zack Kassian
for him. That right there should tell you all you need to know about the Buffalo Sabres winning that deal. However, Cody Hodgson has not been the number one centre that most fans and management originally believed he would be. While he has played on the top line for the better part of the last two season’s, his weak defencive game and lack of offence has him currently demoted to the second line. To make matters worse, Nolan is trying the natural centre on the second line wing with Brian Flynn as his centre.
When Nolan moved Hodgson to the wing, he cited Hodgson’s lack of scoring and while he’s not entirely wrong, he’s not entirely right. Hodgson was lighting the lamp when he returned from injury and it’s hard to be a consistent offencive player when your wingers aren’t cutting it. Now Nolan moves the kid to the wing which will only confuse him more. Hodgson appears to be a fluky type of scorer and move his position isn’t likely to help.
At this stage in his career it’s unlikely Hodgson will ever be the number one centre the Buffalo Sabres were hoping. However, he’ll be a solid 2nd/3rd line centre going forward. While I’m not a huge fan of moving the natural centre to the wing, if he can make the transition and become a solid winger, it will open far more doors for Cody Hodgson both as a Sabres and throughout the rest of his career.
So My question to y’all today is, where should the Buffalo Sabres play Cody Hodgson? Should the leave him at centre and push through his cold streak or should they move him to the wing hoping to find a new dimension to his game?