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by Adam Baruch / New York Islanders

The 2008 draft pool is considered the deepest in years and the Islanders are set to select higher in this year’s Entry Draft than they have in the past seven. With the Islanders selecting fifth in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 20 in Ottawa, many highly-touted prospects will be available for the Isles to choose from. Each week leading up to the draft, will feature a new player who is likely to go early in this year’s draft.


Cody Hodgson
Team: Brampton Battalion (OHL)
Position: Center
Born: February 18, 1990 in Haliburton, Ontario (Age 18)
Height: 6-0    
Weight: 185
Shoots: Right
CSS Final Ranking: 9th among North American skaters

2007-08 Regular Season: Games Played (68), Goals (40), Assists (45), Points (85), PIM (36)
2008 Playoffs: Games Played (5), Goals (5), Assists (0), Points (5), PIM (2)

Update: After a 46-point 2006-07 season with the Brampton Battalion - 63 games, 23 goals, 23 assists - Hodgson exploded during the 2007-08 season, registering 40 goals and 45 assists for 85 points in 68 games. He ranked first on his team in goals and 17th in the OHL in points on the season.

In five playoff games this season, Hodgson recorded five goals which led Brampton before being eliminated in the first round. For his efforts during the 2007-08 season, Hodgson was voted as the smartest player in the Eastern Conference in the 2008 OHL coaches poll.
Hodgson represented Canada at the 2008 under-18 World Junior Championships and helped the Canadians earn the gold medal. He led all players at the under-18 WJC with 10 assists (2-10-12) and 12 points in seven games.

Strengths: Known as a very skilled two-way centerman, Hodgson has an excellent shot, quarterbacks the power play and spends time on the penalty kill. He is an extremely smart player that sees the ice well and raises the game of those around him.

Clips of Cody Hodgson

Cody Hodgson
What They’re Saying:

"He’s a game breaker. He’s made a difference everywhere he’s played, and those types of players are hard to get."
-    Stan Butler / Brampton Battalion Head Coach/GM

"When Brampton Battalion forward Cody Hodgson is on the ice, his opponents look like pawns ripe for the taking."
-    Sunaya Sapurji / Toronto Sun

"Those who like him would project him as a Chris Drury type, a solid second-liner who can play against other teams' top line and offer clutch scoring and character."
-    Gare Joyce /

"He had a lot to do with our success. I’ve had a lot of guys older than him who don’t conduct themselves like he does."
-    Pat Quinn / Team Canada U-18 Head Coach/Former Maple Leafs Head Coach


Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005-06 Markham Midget AAA 58 54 42 96 - - - - - -
2006-07 Brampton OHL 63 23 23 46 24 4 1 3 4 0
2007-08 Brampton OHL 68 40 45 85 36 5 5 0 5 2
2008 Canada U-18 WJC 7 2 10 12 8 - - - - -

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