At the end of the 2007-2008 season, the Vancouver Canucks were beginning a transition period.
With players like Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi already on their way out, and the emergence of the Sedin twins still a work in progress, it was apparent that things were going to be different on the West Coast.
Ryan Kesler was still designated to penalty killing and energy shifts, while Alex Burrows was around mainly for his agitating abilities.
The Canuck' management quickly addressed a need down the middle of their roster by drafting a talented, play-making center from the Brampton Battalion tenth overall, hoping to use him as a building block for the future.
With the future of the team still undefined, it was all looking up for the Ontario native before things suddenly began to change.
The Sedins refined their game, Ryan Kesler rounded himself into a Selke winner, Burrows figured out how to read off the twins, and all of a sudden top-six roster spots began disappearing right in front of Cody Hodgson's eyes.
But Hodgson remained positive and worked his way through several training camps of media scrutiny, several fluke injuries and a full roster to finally earn himself a spot with the big club to start this season.
While he was initially just filling in for Ryan Kesler while he recovered from injury, Hodgson slowly began showing what made him a highly touted prospect to begin with.
He began displaying a strong work ethic, slick passing, solid play along the boards, and a mental anticipation on the ice that could develop into something quite special down the line.
His road travelled to the league wasn't supposed to be this tough, but the adversity he overcame to arrive proves that he can work his way towards success by sticking with it, and being a team player.
He's picked up 12 points so far, and has been able to shift up and down the line up, picking up power play time on the second unit as well.
Like Brett Connolly, Hodgson has an opportunity here with a good team to refine his skills and begin to take the reigns of his own career.
But first, he's got some catch up to do.
Odds of winning: Nominated? Great. Winning? Low.
Like many of the forwards in this year's rookie class, Hodgson has the skill to eventually put up big numbers in the league. The problem is putting them up straight away, and so far his numbers haven't been quite enough to put him as a Calder front-runner.
However, if he can get in a rhythm and start producing like he has in the past, he could begin to reel in the stats leader board and start replacing player's names with his own.
What makes him an intriguing option is the incredible mental aspect he brings for a rookie.
If his hands can follow his head, he could start adding to his totals in a big way over the remainder of the season and close in on a top-three spot.