by Ron Spence
CAUSE TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD….”
Hockey”s Future Prospect of the Year is Cody Hodgson, with honourable mentions Jon Blum and Cory Schneider second and third.
This was after a thorough analysis of NHL prospects – on a monthly basis – by Hockey’s Future.
Candidates for selection played in: the European professional leagues, major junior leagues and North American minor pro leagues.
Hodgson was Prospect of the Month in November, and an honorable mention in December and March.
He started his junior year well, after some games in a Canucks’ uniform. He had 16 goals and 18 assists – in 16 games – in November and December – with three hat tricks – going into the World Junior Championships.
At the Worlds, he had 5 goals and 11 assists, better than top 2009 draft pick John Tavares.
“With 43 goals and 49 assists,” wrote Ian Bross, “he finished fourth in league scoring. Hodgson’s game is far and away more refined than his counterparts in junior. Beyond the scoring, the character, leadership and completeness as a hockey player which he demonstrated was unequalled. It was because of this that he was named this year’s recipient of Red Tilson Trophy, as the OHL’s most outstanding player.”
As well as Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Year.
Nashville prospect – and Vancouver Giants’ captain – Jon Blum was named an honourable mention in both October and December, and is listed below Hodgson as the second top prospect.
Cory Schneider earned a Hockey’s Future honorable mention in February, and was listed third.
“Overall, the 23-year-old has handled his situation gracefully,” continued Bross, “and has given his all to the Manitoba Moose. With Schneider between the pipes, the Moose found great success in 2008-09. The team won more games than any other [AHL team] during the regular season. Schneider recorded a 28-10-1 record in 40 games played. He managed a league-best 1.81 goals-against average, and .928 save percentage. He registered five shutouts.”
So, regardless of how the Canucks fare in the Windy City, they will have a couple of new additions to welcome to the NHL this October, and the season after.