Haven't we pointed out enough of Cody's flaws already? No need to get personalUncle dans leg wrote:CoHo is one injury removed from being one of the top rated prospects in the game. I think hitting the panic button with his development would be a dramatically bad premature ejaculation of a quality young up and coming centre. This kid can play despite his wheels. I saw him dominate against players who are now very good NHL players. Give him a chance to catch up.
As for his progression I think it's reasonable to hope for him to follow a similar path to that of Kesler, Burrows and particularly Raymond. Knowing AV, Hodgson will have to prove at the very least that he can pull his weight in a bottom-6 role and not hurt the team. (As Topper pointed out). I don't think anyone ever expected Mason Raymond to excel in a checking role, but he did have to earn his way by becoming a reasonable 3rd liner for a couple of seasons. Kesler and Burrows were essentially the inverse of that, but with AV still behind the bench I think the theory still holds true.
Realistically I would be happy if Hodgson plays 50-60 NHL games next year, pots somewhere in the neighbourhood of 15 goals and plays a legitimate two-way game. Oh yeah, and if he stays healthy All that would be showing progress, and I know patience is starting to run out on the kid, but think about how horrible he looked in the pre-season and compare that to how he looked in the playoffs. He's progressing, it's just slow enough to make us wring our hands over his upside.
From the WJC, to the AHL and now the NHL I see a player that has the ability to assimilate and then "play up" to whatever level of hockey he is in. And in the end, maybe that will be his "but he can..."