VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks signed Cody Hodgson, their top pick in the 2008 draft, to an NHL entry-level contract Sunday.
Hodgson, chosen 10th overall, has one assist and six penalty minutes in three pre-season games with the Canucks. The 18-year-old centre from Haliburton, Ont., is trying to become the first top draft pick to stick with the Canucks since Petr Nedved in 1990.
Last season, Hodgson scored 40 goals and 45 assists with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League, and added five goals in five first-round playoff games.
He also served as captain of the Canadian team which won gold at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships, scoring two goals and adding a tournament-high 10 assists. He also won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Winter Games.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.