Buffalo's top two scorers from last season skated with Marcus Foligno.
"We like [Vanek and Hodgson] together for sure. They were good last year," coach Ron Rolston told the team's website. "I think Cody can make plays, really good vision plays and obviously [Vanek's] a good finisher.
"Right now we've got Marcus there to provide some heavy hockey hopefully on the wing, hopefully if Marcus can come in and continue to play that way, be physical and make some space for those guys."