Cody Hodgson C BUF 4 Days
Hodgson skated on a two-man fourth line at practice on Thursday, reports The Buffalo News.
With 11 forwards, Hodgson and Chris Stewart skated together as the team awaits a minor league call-up from AHL Rochester. Hodgson was benched for 28 minutes against the Jets after losing a battle along the wall and then losing a foot race against Mark Scheifele that led to a shorthanded goal. Never the fastest or swiftest skater, Hodgson is having trouble keeping up and no matter where head coach Ted Nolan plays him - either at center or left wing - the former 10th overall pick just can't seem to produce. He has just five points this season and has been an extreme disappointing since signing a $25.5 million extension in 2013. Even though he's young and talented, his lack of production forces Nolan to sit him, and his big contract makes him difficult to trade. Hodgson's slated to play Saturday but his leash will be short.
Cody Hodgson C BUF 5 Days
Hodgson seems to have landed in coach Ted Nolan's doghouse again, playing only 4:55 in Tuesday's loss to the Jets and not seeing the ice again after he lost a faceoff on a power play and got out-hustled for a shorthanded goal by Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele, The Buffalo News reports.
Hodgson is having a horrible season, and is one of the few Sabres who hasn't seen success in recent weeks as the team has turned its season around. He continues to play on a bottom line and might be in line for some more press box time, while his five points on the season is a gross underachievement compared to his six-year, $25.5 million salary.
Cody Hodgson C BUF 10 Days
Hodgson will return to the lineup Saturday against the Panthers.
A healthy scratch for the first time this season Thursday, Hodgson will replace Cody McCormick (lower body) on the Sabres' fourth line. With only three points in 28 games, Hodgson still has a ways to go in order to remove himself from coach Ted Nolan's doghouse.
Cody Hodgson C BUF 11 Days
Hodgson will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Flames.
Coach Ted Nolan had previously threatened scratching the struggling Hodgson multiple points earlier in the season, but instead opted to relegate the forward to one of the team's bottom two lines. It appears he might have reached his breaking point, however, as Hodgson will sit for the first time this season, as Chris Stewart reenters the lineup. Counted upon to be a top offensive contributor heading into the season, Hodgson has provided just one goal and two assists over 28 games.
Cody Hodgson C BUF 1 Month
Even though the Sabres scored six goals Saturday against Toronto in a 6-2 win, Hodgson extended his pointless streak to 10 games.
Head coach Ted Nolan is really spreading the minutes around lately but Hodgson has seen his role diminish prominently this season. After scoring 20 goals and 44 points in 72 games the previous season, he has just two points in 18 games. He's not a strong defensive player so when Hodgson doesn't score he's not particularly effective. Nolan said he would scratch Hodgson if his game doesn't pick up soon and that may happen sooner than later now.
Cody Hodgson C BUF 2 Months
Hodgson notched his first goal of the season in a 2-1 win over San Jose on Saturday.
It only took nine games, but Hodgson finally lit the lamp after scoring 20 goals in 72 games last year. It was Hodgson's second point of the season, who struggled early on, registering just nine shots in eight games. His lack of production is a big reason why the Sabres' offense has struggled. Hodgson was the Sabres' leading scorer last year with 44 points and should be leading the charge again this year. Moving to the left wing is supposed to open up his offensive game, but thus far it hasn't paid dividends yet. Still, the season is young and there's still lots of hockey to be played. Hodgson remains one of the few Sabres worth owning in deep fantasy leagues.
Cody Hodgson C BUF 2 Months
Hodgson will move back to center after opening the season at left wing, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.
The Sabres were planning to use Hodgson at left wing full-time this season, but he did not tally a point through the season's first three games, so head coach Ted Nolan wasted little scrapping the experiment in an effort to allow Hodgson to be more of a playmaker. He will likely center either the Sabres' second or third line.
Cody Hodgson C BUF 3 Months
Hodgson will transition to a full-time role at left wing with the Sabres this season, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Hodgson moved from center to wing late last season with the Sabres, but it wasn't until he thrived at the position for Team Canada in this summer's World Championships that the organization decided to make the role a permanent one. The 24-year-old was used alongside Chris Stewart and Mikhail Grigorenko during Sunday's preseason tilt, recording a team-high seven shots while assisting on a goal. Now that it seems he's found his niche for the Sabres, it wouldn't be surprising if Hodgson improved upon last season's outputs of 20 goals and 44 points.
Cody Hodgson C BUF 7 Months
Cody Hodgson continues to be Team Canada's top performer at the IIHF World Hockey Champioinships in Belarus.
He leads the Canadians in scoring with six goals and seven points in five games, good for fourth overall in tournament scoring. Hodgson has shifted from center to wing and is flanking Nazem Kadri with Troy Brouwer on the other side. The Sabres should take note. Perhaps Hodgson would be more productive next season if he did not have the responsibilities of playing as a pivot.
Cody Hodgson C BUF 7 Months
Cody Hodgson recorded a hat trick to lead Canada to a 6-1 win over Denmark in World Hockey Championship preliminary round play.
He has four goals and one assist in five games at the tournament. Linemate Nazem Kadri assisted on two of his goals. Matt Read scored two goals in the match, while Ryan Ellis and Kyle Turris contributed two helpers apiece.