Nick Dodge
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Nick Dodge

Hometown:

Oakville Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-05-01

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2006

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

6th round (183rd overall), 2006

Weight:

184 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2003-04: Played for hometown Oakville Blades in OPJHL. Scored 33 goals with 45 assists and 69 PIM in 45 games.Named to the OPJHL All-Star team. Committed to Clarkson University.

2004-05: Established himself in the ECAC as a freshman, scoring 6 goals with 12 assists with 42 PIM in 37 games for Clarkson.
 
2005-06: Dodge made his sophomore campaign a year to remember. Dodge led the Golden Knights in scoring with 16 goals and  25 assists in 38 games. He excelled in the areas of face-offs and special teams. Dodge was particularly dangerous on the penalty kill – his four short-handed goals tied him for fourth in the nation. Dodge received Clarkson’s Bill Harrison Award as the team’s MVP and was named captain for 2006-07.

2006-07: Clarkson was one of the top turnaround stories in college hockey and Dodge was a big part of that turnaround. After finishing eighth in the ECACHL in 2005-06, the Golden Knights were second to travel partner St. Lawrence in the regular season and then defeated Quinnipiac in the ECACHL championship game before falling to Massachusetts, 1-0, in overtime in the NCAA East regional semifinal. Dodge was second in scoring for the Golden Knights with 18 goals and 21 assists despite missing three games. Both he and leading scorer Shawn Weller (ANA) had nine power play goals each as Clarkson scored 52 times with the man advantage.

March 2007 feature on Dodge.

2007-08: With Weller by-passing his senior year to sign with the Ottawa Senators, Dodge’s scoring numbers were down, particularly on the power play. But the season was a success for the Golden Knights, who topped Princeton for the regular season ECACHL title and won 20 or more games in back-to-back seasons for the first time under coach George Roll and the first time since 1998-99 (the last of ten straight 20 win seasons for the Golden Knights). In the post-season, after losing a heart-breaking double OT deciding game with Colgate in the ECACHL quarterfinals, Clarkson bounced back to beat St. Cloud State in the NCAA tournament before falling to Michigan. Dodge scored 12 goals, and 14 assists in 39 games – four of which were gamewinners. Dodge was at his best in specialty situations – scoring four goals on the power play and four shorthanded goals. Was named Best Defensive Forward in the ECACHL. 

2008-09: Dodge began his pro career with Albany in the AHL and proved to be the same durable two-way player he was in college – playing in all situations and giving a consistent effort on a nightly basis. In 80 games, he scored 13 goals with 26 assists (five of those goals coming on the power play). His -14 plus/minus was due as much to the struggles of the River Rats and their inability to put the same lineup on the ice from game-to-game as it was any deficiencies in Dodge’s play.

2009-10: The River Rats turned things around and Dodge was a big part of it. In 80 regular season games, he scored 16 goals with 20 assists and was +18. In the River Rats playoff run, which featured a first round series victory before they fell to eventual Calder Cup champion Hershey, Dodge scored 4 goals with 1 assists and was -3 in eight games.

2010-11: Dodge appeared in 57 games for Charlotte (AHL) in his third AHL season with the Carolina organization, missing several games due to a hand injury. An assistant captain for the Checkers, Dodge was the prototypical two-way forward who played in all situations and contributed limited offense. He finished the regular season with 5 goals and 8 assists and was -5 with 18 PMs. In sixteen AHL playoff games, Dodge saw extensive ice time and scored 4 goals, two of which were game-winner. He also had 2 assists and was -3 with 8 PMs.

Talent Analysis

Dodge is a complete and confident player. His confidence allows him to be creative, assertive and make smart decisions at both ends of the ice. He is a smart, tireless worker with the ability to make those around him better. He skates with good speed and possesses good quickness. Dodge is outstanding on draws and has been a faceoff specialist both at the college and minor pro levels. He is very good around the net and along the boards. Good two-way forward that can play wing or center.

Future

Dodge enters his third Hurricanes camp with an outside shot of making the Hurricanes and would seem to be a logical replacement for the recently retired Rod Brind'Amour. His hockey smarts and defensive play should give him the opportunity to make the NHL as a bottom-six forward — and maybe more — and he has the ability to be a penalty killer at the next level.

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