HODGSON’S LIKELY TO SUIT UP SATURDAY
Nineteen year-old Cody Hodgson, who has been struggling with a back injury, has been cleared by medical staff to take contact. Hodgson has been spending training camp participating in on and off-ice session, and returned for a full contact practice skating on a line between Alex Bolduc and Jannik Hansen.
“Mentally, it felt great to be back out there with the big guys,” said Hodgson.
“Conditioning-wise, right now I'm probably around 85 or 90 per cent. I'd like to get to 95 per cent or almost 100 cent before I get on the ice."
The top draft pick is expected to fly with the team to California; however, he is unlikely to see any ice time.
time. “He can take contact, and at the end of the day when he tells us he's ready to go, we'll put him in a game,” said Head Coach Alain Vigneault. “I think he might be a couple of practices away. We've got three games in three nights and hopefully we can get him into one of those games."
The Canucks take on the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night. Catch all the action live on canucks.com at 7 PST.
CANUCKS MAKE CUTS
Vancouver Canucks cut seven players from the pre-season roster.
The following players have been cut:
Dan Gendur Right Wing Steven Anthony
Morgan Clark Goalie
Prab Rai Centre Kellan Tochkin
Dusty Collins Centre
Nolan Toigo Defenceman
Gendur will return to the Manitoba Moose, while Anthony, Clark, Rai and Tochkin will return to their respective junior clubs.
EVERYBODY’S GOT AN OPPORTUINITY
Training camp continues today at UBC, and while the fans outside were worried about whether or not they’d snag an autograph, some players were worried about simply making the team.
“We still have eight games left so everybody is going to get an opportunity to play,” said Head Coach Alain Vigneault. “If somebody plays themselves on this team and deserves to be here, then it’s our responsibility as an organization to make room for them.”
ONE YEAR MAKES ALL THE DIFERENCE
Last season, after intense media scrutiny surrounding Kyle Wellwood’s fitness test results, the 24 year-old spent the summer training and is in great shape.
“[His fitness] is NHL caliber. He understood what he needed to do and you [have] to give him full credit,” said Vigneault. “I respect the fact that he got it done and came to camp in great shape.”
“I’m definitely quicker on the puck, I feel stronger in corners,” said Wellwood. “Every year to have to come into camp and exhibition showing that you’re dedicated. You have to bring your talent forward, play a role, and maybe have a breakout season. That’s what you hope for.”
“[I’m] a lot more focused and stronger [and know] what it takes to play on an NHL team.”
The Canucks head out to California for a two game road trip before heading back to Vancouver for their home opener against the Calgary Flames Saturday night at GM Place.