Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Canucks Wrap Prospects Camp On Winning Note

Cody Hodgson came as advertised Tuesday night, showing why he was picked 10th overall by the Canucks at this past summer's NHL Entry Draft. A goal and two assists by the 18 year-old helped pace Vancouver to a 5-2 lead over the Edmonton Oilers in a battle between the two club's top prospects.

Hodgson, working on a line with Dan Gendur and Pierre-Cedric Labrie, was far and away the best player on the ice. Hodgson set up the opening Vancouver goal on a power play by feathering a beautiful cross zone pass to a wide open Patrick Coulombe. After Gendur converted on a penalty shot to put Vancouver in the lead, Hodgson scored what proved to be the game winner on the man advantage. After Scott Howes put the Canucks in a 4-1 lead, Hodgson was able to convert a great 2-on-1 rush with Labrie to cap off the scoring for the visitors.

Netminder Cory Schneider was very strong in goal for the Canucks, turning aside 26 of 28 Oilers shots. Vancouver went 2-for-5 on the power play and an even more impressive 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.

The Canucks 2006 1st round pick Michael Grabner, who scored twice in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Calgary Flames, was a healthy scratch in the game against

Next up, the veterans report to Canucks Main Camp in Whistler. It won't be a long camp by any stretch as the players report to GM Place Sept. 19 before travelling to the resort community that evening. On ice sessions will take place in the morning both Sept. 20 and Sept. 21. The players will then return to Vancouver in preparation for the start of the pre-season which gets going Monday Sept. 22 in Edmonton against the Oilers (6:00pm PST).

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