Topper wrote:Those of you who do not follow Spud's strawman will know I have consistently wished the best for Cody while never shying away or glossing over his short comings.
Topper wrote:As the refugees know, I have long seen the challenges in Cody's game. While true, he is a smart player, it is also true he can not skate. Yes he has been injured, but he has also spent an inordinate amount of time with skating coaches and still has no stride.
If he is to have any sort of an NHL career, he needs to work his thinking game to stay in the league. Unfortunately, what I have seen to date from him are nothing more than plays he can get away with in the OHL and AHL, but NHL defenders are smarter and quicker. he is a boy among men at the NHL level. A small, slow boy.
I'm not sure he'll make the adjustments and I'd prefer to cut bait while there is still life in the worm and possibility of upside.
The playoffs had me leaning more towards career AHL'r and thinking we best get some return for him while there is still an illusion of upside.
Topper wrote:With his speed, he'll trail our D on the rush.
I have yet to see any hint of flash from Cody at the NHL level. What I see are defenders swatting him about as he tries his nifty OHL stickwork.
Topper wrote:I owe an apology for my comments on Cody last game. I compared him to Ryan Shannon and Jason King and I owe those two an apology. Cody is nowhere near that good.
Clearly you are a fan....
Now we are getting somewhere, I would say he avoids the table all together and it limited his good effort to one zone, not three.
As ususal you are over the top in your criticism.
Clearly he is young, and not the strongest player on the ice, but i watched fairly closely last night and I did not see a player looking to avoid contact. Quite the opposite actually.
At this point I question if he belongs in the line up of a Cup contender. I have little tolerance for folks learning on the job with the stage the Canuck's are at this season and would put Cody in the same boat as Tanev. If Raymond is anything close to the form he was in last season, i rather have Hodgson leaning his skills in Chicago than have to put up with rookie mistakes.
Again you fixate on a handful of mistakes and ignore the bigger picture.
This is pretty much the definition of biased observation.
It is quite clear to basically everyone that you can not be objective with regard to this player.
Hodgson has better shot, scoring chance, and goal differentials then anyone in the bottom 6, yet you have claimed since game 1 that he should be in Chicago while inferior players like Weiss, Volpatti, and Ebbett soak up his ice time.
The playoffs are a different animal, and one can certainly speculate, but in the here and now it is utter ridiculous to claim that Hodgson has not been full value for the ice time he's been given.