Is Cody Hodgson The Can't Miss Kid?

daniel lockwoodContributor IJuly 8, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Kyle Wellwood #42 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated by teammates Cody Hodgson #39 and Lawrence Nycholat #32 after Wellwood scored a second period goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the preseason NHL game at Honda Center on September 28, 2008 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Whilst exchanging opinions with a poster on a thread, he shocked me by saying that Cody Hodgson would not make it in the NHL.  Not, might take a few years, or maybe won't be everything the pundits say, but that he would be a bust.

I knew he was a Leaf fan, just trying to get a rise, but for Canuck fans, we don't have a sense of humour about it. 

The team that drafted Libor Polasek, Jason Herter, Alex Stojanov and a host of others is not amused.  

Hodgson being the 1st real blue chipper since Linden to REALLY get the Blue and Green faithful stoked is a license for some to heap expectations upon him.  But he seems to put just as many on himself.

Then their are those that say that he was a boy amongst men when he joined the Moose.  How will he handle the NHL if he can't the AHL?

Fair enough.  But let me just surmise that the kid had probably laced them up for about 105 games by that point.  Through playoffs and World Juniors (where he was the MVP of the Tourney, not Tavares)

 He was on a new team, with new line mates in a new city.  And he is still a teenager.  One that looks like he may be ready to contribute already at 19....or soon after if he doesn't make the team. ( My vote is that he does...)

He'll be fine.  He may even go back to he Moose this year, get called up once or twice.

But only twice.  Hodgson will make this team better very shortly, the same as he has done on every team he has played for.