2002-03: Cody Bass competed in the MWOJB for his hometown Guelph. He registered 22 points and 70 penalty minutes in 48 games.
2003-04: The Mississauga Ice Dogs selected Bass 5th overall in the 2003 OHL draft. In his rookie major-junior season, Bass recorded 10 points and 30 penalty minutes in 61 games while playing in a limited role. He also helped the Ice Dogs go deep in the playoffs with a five-point, 20 penalty minute performance in 24 games, again with limited ice time.
2004-05: Bass’ role with the Ice Dogs increased and his production improved along with it. In 66 contests, Bass notched 28 points and 103 penalty minutes while playing a more prominent role. He was the focal point of the checking line and penalty kill and he helped the IceDogs clinch first place in the Eastern Conference only to be bounced in the first round in a surprising five-game loss to the St. Michael’s Majors.
2005-06: In his third season with Mississauga, Bass emerged as a true leader and became the heart and soul of the team. His offensive production increased once again as he recorded 41 points and 152 penalty minutes in 67 games. The 2005-06 season marked the first time in Bass’ junior career that his team did not make the playoffs, but the disappointment was a blessing in disguise as Bass received a late call-up audition with Binghamton.
2006-07: Thiswas a busy season for Bass, which saw the center appear with three different clubs. He started the season with the Mississauga IceDogs (OHL), where he tallied five goals and 16 points through 23 games. A move sent him to Saginaw, where he potted five more goals and 29 points in 30 games. Finally, he ended his season with Binghamton, a five game stint that resulted in two assists. He’ll be in the AHL next season, so expect to see him with the B-Sens.
2007-08: The center appeared in 24 games with Binghamton (AHL) this season, netting three goals and eight points. He also saw his NHL debut this season and appeared in 21 additional games with the Senators, scoring two goals and four points; he also appeared in the four postseason games that Ottawa played, netting a goal (his first NHL playoff point).
2008-09: A knee injury sidelined Bass for most of the season, but in the time he was able to play he split between Ottawa and Binghamton. In 12 games with the Senators, he tallied 15 penalty minutes; another 18 games with the B-Sens resulted in a goal and two points, along with 41 minutes in the box.
2009-10: Spent the entire year with Binghamton, only appearing in 57 games and registering 5 goals and 11 points.
A solid defensive player with some scoring ability, Bass is a mainstay on any team’s penalty kill unit. The centerman possesses excellent faceoff skills and is an effortless skater, built like a tank with a strong set of legs to help maintain balance. He is a solid hitter and never backs down when challenged, which does not happen very often. Bass has decent offensive instincts, but he is a smart player often making the safe play before trying anything creative or risky. He is not a natural scorer or playmaker and has to work especially hard for every point he gets. Bass has the ability to create chances on his own using his speed, smarts, positioning, and an above average release.