HODGSON SEEKS SECOND OPINION
Nineteen-year-old Cody Hodgson, who was re-assigned to his junior club the Brampton Battalion earlier this week, will have to wait a little longer before seeing any game action. The Ontario native, who injured his back earlier this summer during off-ice training, requested for a second medical opinion on his back, as reported by the Brampton Battalion.
Suffered from a budging disc, Hodgson missed prospect camp and had a slow start during training camp. After being cleared for contact, the first round draft pick, had difficulty finding his game during the Canucks pre-season, recording two points in six pre-season games (1-1-2).
“The concern for Cody is he wants to be 100 percent healthy,” said Stan Butler Battalion’s director of hockey operations and head coach.
“I talked to his father today, and he told me that he doesn’t think Cody is there yet, so they’re going to meet with another doctor. When you’re an extremely competitive kid, you want to be at your best all the time, and that’s true in Cody’s case.”
"I am going to meet with Cody and his parents tonight now that he's back home,” said Don Meehan, Hodgson’s agent. “I would assume one of the things we will probably speak about would be his back and determine where he's at. Then we'll go from there."
Brampton’s Captain is scheduled to miss two games, tonight in Mississauga and Saturday in Niagara, and possibly more depending on the outcome of his back. Last season with Brampton, Hodgson potted 43 goals and 49 assists (43-49-92) in 53 games.
Last night, the Canucks fell behind early and rallied too little too late dropping their home opener to the Calgary Flames. These two division rivals will meet five more times during the regular season.
"I wish I could answer why it happened,” said Mikael Samuelsson post game. “Obviously, we can't start any game like that. This league is too good to start 2-0 or 3-0 down. Then, you have to get lucky to win."
Kyle Wellwood did not practice with the team today as he is out with the flu, as reported by The Province columnist Jason Botchford. Wellwood will remain a game-time decision.
Vancouver’s pre-season record slides to 21-15-3. Veteran defenceman Mathieu Schneider is travelling with the team but is not expected to suit up for at least another nine games, after being placed on the long term injury reserve list. The 40-year-old New York native underwent shoulder surgery this summer, after sustaining the injury last season during the playoffs. Pavol Demitra (shoulder) and Jannik Hansen (hand) also missed the start of the season with injuries.
Saturday the Canucks head to Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche, before heading back to Vancouver for their home opener. Puck drops at 12 PST.
Thursday night’s game marked Russian winger Sergei Shirokov’s first regular season game in the National Hockey League. The 23-year-old, made the opening day roster after impressing the Canucks with two goals and five assists (2-5-7) in four games this pre-season, despite a minor knee sprain.
"My wish was always to play [in the] NHL," said Shirokov. “[This] first game [is] special.”
Shirokov netted 17 goals and 23 assists in 56 games (17-23-40) last season with Russian club CSKA.