Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Cody Hodgson to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.
Hodgson, 25 (2/18/90), has amassed 134 points (61g-73a) in 289 career NHL contests with Buffalo and Vancouver since 2010. He is just one season removed from a career-high 20 goals and team-leading 44 points with the Sabres in 2013-14, and posted 34 points (15g-19a) in 48 games during the 2012-13 campaign, finishing first among all second-year NHLers. During his rookie season split between the Sabres and Canucks in 2011-12, the 6-0, 192-pound center ranked third among first-year players in goals (19), and fifth in points (41).
The 10th overall selection in the 2008 Entry Draft enjoyed a decorated junior career with the Ontario Hockey League's Brampton Battalion from 2006-09, being named 2009 Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year and OHL Most Outstanding Player of the Year. The Toronto native also led Canada to gold medals at the 2008 Under-18 World Championship and 2009 World Junior Championship, leading all skaters in points at both tournaments. He also made his World Championship debut in 2014, being named one of Canada’s three best players after tying for second in tournament goals (6).