Hodgson Back To Brampton
Sure, just a few hours I posted that Cody Hodgson had temporarily survived, the Vancouver Canucks have sent their prized prospect back to the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League. Not much needs to be added as to why this decision was made. Cody now has another year in the CHL to improve his game while working with the Canucks Director of Player Development, and Sam Gagner's father, Dave Gagner.
The question now stands will Cody remain with the Battalion? Matt Duchene, drafted by the Colorado Avalanche third overall this past summer, is looking like he will be sticking in the NHL while Evgeny Grachev has been sent to the American Hockey League. That's two-thirds of the three headed monster for the Battalion last season that saw them lose in the OHL Finals to the eventual Memorial Cup Champions, the Windsor Spitfires.
With a significantly weaker team around him, Cody Hodgson will be leaned upon even further to help carry Brampton. So back to what to do with Cody? No doubt the Canucks management will want him to have the best chance at success and that may mean being traded out of Brampton to a contender. Perhaps the Windsor Spitfires will make a run at another OHL and Memorial Cup Championshiop similar to what the London Knights tried to do, but failed, when they acquired John Tavares last season.
Whatever happens, Cody needs to have his back heal up 100% and continue to dominate the junior ranks. It is almost a given that Cody will once again don the Maple Leaf this December as Canada goes for it's sixth straight World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan. Cody is also currently the odds on favourite to be captain of that team. It will be another long season for Cody as last year he played over 100 games between the Battalion, Team Canada, and the Manitoba Moose. A very similar season could be waiting ahead for him as long as his back injury doesn't keep him out of action.