Cody Hodgson has his life together—think about it.
Not one year removed from graduating high school, the charismatic young man with the boyish grin and chiseled jaw was a shoo-in for the program of his choice at a substantial university in Ontario.
He's well-spoken, polite and people like him, too.
Oh, and he just may be the most physically-dominating player not playing professional hockey.
"We have a great chance here [in the OHL] to go pretty far in the playoffs," said the 19-year-old Brampton Battalion captain.
"And being a part of the World Junior team was a great experience as well. I've just been really taking in the whole experience and trying to develop my whole game so I can step in next year."
Truth is, Hodgson was one of the last players cut from the Canucks 2008-09 fall roster. Had he not been let go, maybe he, too, would have been competing for home ice advantage, alongside the likes of Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
Or better yet, Mats Sundin.
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