From Pro Hockey Talk: NHL scout calls Hodgson-Kassian deal “a terrible trade for Vancouver”
Trade does looks good right now for the Sabres. If you want to dive into the numbers a little more:
Kassian: 12 GP with VAN, 1 G, 1 A, 31 PIM, -1
Hodgson: 14 GP with BUF, 3 G, 3 A, 2 PIM, -3
Hodgson has been a big part of the Sabres’ recent run. As I mentioned here on Sabreland, he’s starting to find chemistry and comfort with his new team as the days go on. It appears that he will be an even bigger factor in the direction of this team in the 2012-13 season.
In his latest piece for Sportsnet Magazine (entitled “Truth Behind Hodgson Trade”), Gare Joyce examines why the Vancouver Canucks dealt away 22-year-old center Cody Hodgson at February’s trade deadline — after he’d won the NHL’s rookie of the month for January — in exchange for Zack Kassian, who had three goals and four assists in 27 NHL games.
The reactions to the trade were vast and varying, but here’s a rather compelling take.
NHL scout: “It’s a terrible trade for Vancouver. Hodgson had done a good job for them this year. He was starting to show he had top-six upside…that he could step up if [Henrik] Sedin or [Ryan] Kesler went down. They didn’t have a player like him who could give them some offence outside of the top six. And centre is the most valuable position — you can’t trade a centre for a depth player with size…
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