When the 2014-15 campaign starts, it looks like Cody Hodgson will play as a left winger rather than his natural position of center, which suits him just fine.
“I feel really comfortable,” Hodgson told the Buffalo News. “Talking with the coaches and different players on how to play wing, I try to get as much advice on things on possible. You want to figure out things beforehand so you’re not going through all that transition on the ice.”
Hodgson had an assist and a team-high seven shots on goal in 24:33 minutes of ice time on the left wing during Sunday’s preseason game. He was playing alongside center Mikhail Grigorenko and Chris Stewart.
Before training camp began, Hodgson already had an opportunity to acclimatize himself to his new position towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign and then with Team Canada in the 2014 World Championship. He excelled in that tournament with six goals and eight points in six games. He wasn’t nearly as effective during the 2013-14 campaign though as he finished with 20 goals and 44 points in 72 contests.
Buffalo will be looking for more out of him this season as he enters the second season of his six-year, $25.5 million contract.