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Jannik Hansen has spent the better part of the last two seasons solidifying his role as a regular with the Vancouver Canucks. After having been in last year's Stanley Cup Finals, he’s now helping out Denmark at the 2012 World Championships in Stockholm after a disappointing first round loss to the Los Angeles Kings in this year’s NHL playoffs.
Forward Cody Hodgson of the OHL‘s Brampton Battalion was the toast of the junior hockey world in the 2008-09 season. He was named CHL Player of the Year, as well as the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Year for 2009.
It was expected that Hodgson would take a run at a full-time job in the NHL during the 2009 training camp of the Vancouver Canucks. Instead, Hodgson suffered a back injury that had kept him out of action for the first few months of the 2009-10 season.
Hodgson returned to action the other night, picking up a couple of assists in his season debut for the Battalion. The CHL celebrated his return with a press conference that included Hodgson and his coach, Stan Butler, which is presented in its entirety in this HF Podcast.
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Need for a Goalie
There is not a lot of hype to look forward to for Draft Day 2000 as there was last year. We all knew Pavel Brendl, Patrik Stefan, and Daniel and Henrik Sedin would go tops in the draft. We had no idea that it would be the Canucks drafting them 2nd and 3rd overall.
Draft Day 2000 could be interesting as well, the Canucks have a young talent pool, and management wants a young goalie. Could it be us that lands DiPietro? Or Brent Krahn? Maybe even a young sniper such as Gaborik or Hartnell.
Vancouver’s needs are pretty simple, goalies. It takes many years to become a solid backup. Dipietro has credentials, but likely not even Vancouver would have plans of him starting next year. Krahn has great potential.
Here is a look at the Top 4 Goalies
1.Rick Dipietro Boston University, USA WJC, great puck handler, no. 1 goalie
2.Brent Krahn Calgary Hitmen WHL. 6 foot 4 no. 1 goalie.
3.J-F Racine Drummondville QMJHL, 6 Foot 3 no.1 goalie.
4.Peter Hamerlik Skalica Slovakia, Slovakia WU18, Struggling Prospect.
Only Racine, Krahn, and Hamerlik shall be available after the 23rd pick.
When Vancouver drafts
23, 42, 70, 92, 143, 207, 240, 271.