Vancouver Canucks: 5 Clips to Cheer Fans Up after Losing Cody Hodgson

Riley Kufta@@RileyKuftaContributor IIIFebruary 29, 2012

Vancouver Canucks: 5 Clips to Cheer Fans Up after Losing Cody Hodgson

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    When Mike Gillis traded Cody Hodgson on the trade deadline, there was a quick backlash as fans tried to deal with the reality that their new favorite rookie was gone.  

    Hodgson, along with Alexander Sulzer, went to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Zach Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani

    While it's sad to see the Calder Trophy candidate leave our beloved city, there's a bright spot to be found. The Canucks were in need of something, and they got it. 

    Zach Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani are fairly unproven players, but during their time with the Canucks they have the capability to become stars.  

    The following are five video clips to show why fans shouldn't be so disappointed over the trade.  

Zach Kassian Can Score Highlight-Reel Goals

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    This video highlights Zach Kassian's incredible offensive awareness. After completing the tic-tac-toe, Kassian pulls out a perfect spin move around the defender before sliding the backhand home.  

    There aren't too many players who would identify that as an option while flying up the ice, surrounded by the defense.  

Zach Kassian Can Destroy People

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    A player this size who can both score goals and throw his body around is a rare asset. 

    At the trade deadline, the consensus was that the Canucks needed grit and size. They absolutely got it in Zach Kassian. 

    As a right-winger, he has the potential to join the Sedins once he develops, and contribute offensively while protecting the two stars.  

    In this clip, Kassian lays a huge hit on the opponent, and then handily wins a fight right after. This is the type of player the Canucks need.  

Zach Kassian Has Speed and Hands at an NHL Level

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    So far, we've seen two clips of Zach Kassian, both prior to his NHL career. The real question,  how is he going to bring that talent and make it useful at an NHL level?

    This clip shows that he not only has the ability to do that, but that he also has fast hands and incredible speed, something you don't find in a 6'3", 214-pound player. 

    After blowing by defenseman Roman Josi for the breakaway, Kassian showcases his moves with a quick deke before roofing it on the backhand.  

Marc-Andre Gragnani Can Snipe

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    Zach Kassian wasn't the only player the Canucks picked up in this deal, and the second isn't to be overlooked.  

    Marc-Andre Gragnani stood out on the struggling Sabres with a plus-10 rating; seven points higher than the next best player on the team.  

    Those numbers, plus his seven power-play points to tie him for fifth on the team, show that he's not only offensively talented, but a force on defense. 

    In this clip, you can see why he finds success on the power play as he snipes a goal top shelf with the man advantage.  

    If you can get past the outrageous music in the video and the fact that it was against France, this goal is very admirable.  

    In addition, his first NHL goal, although ugly as hell, came at a pivotal time as he picked up the game winner in overtime, late last season. This guy pulls though at big times, and he will thrive on the Canucks.  

Our Enemy's Enemy Is Our Friend

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    At 201 lbs, this isn't something we can expect too often from Marc-Andre Gragnani, and honestly, who knows how he feels about Brad Marchand.  

    I'm sure after living in Vancouver long enough he'll despise him like the rest of us. But either way, it's great to see anyone feed a couple shots and get a takedown against that pest.