Hodgson had a goal and an assist Saturday in a 7-3 rout of the Grand Rapids Griffins. He now has five points in five games since joining the Milwaukee Admirals in mid-January. Once a highly-touted prospect, Hodgson hit rock bottom earlier this season after scoring just eight points in 39 games for the Predators, his third NHL team in the past five seasons. Now plying his trade in the minors, Hodgson has a lot to prove if he wants to make it back to the bigs, but he's off to a good start with the Ads. For now, he is skating on a scoring line with two of the Preds' better prospects, Kevin Fiala and Pontus Aberg. Hopefully he can pad his stats a little and put himself in line for a callup before the end of the season.
Hodgson has cleared waivers and is likely bound for AHL Milwaukee, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. It's a bit surprising that no teams put in a claim for Hodgson, the 10th overall pick by the Canucks in 2008. Hodgson is regarded as a two-way player with supreme hockey smarts. In 328 career games at the NHL level, he's notched 64 goals and 78 assists. The Predators recently acquired a star forward in Ryan Johansen, and that likely contributed to Hodgson getting waived in the first place.
Hodgson was placed on waivers Wednesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. The 10th-overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft has seen his career stall in the last two seasons, having scored only nine goals and 21 points in the last 117 games. Hodgson isn't without talent, as he registered 35 goals and 78 points in the 120 games spanning the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, so another team could take another chance on the 25-year old forward.
Hodgson was a healthy scratch for Monday's 5-3 win over the Rangers. The writing was on the wall for Hodgson, who was averaging just nine minutes of ice time in his previous six games prior to the benching. He has just eight points in 35 games so far this season, so it's not hard to see why he drew the short straw. Bottom line, he's been a huge disappointment in Nashville and he doesn't offer any fantasy upside at the current time.
Hodgson scored Nashville's lone goal on a penalty shot in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Calgary. Hodgson's goal was his first in 10 outings, registering two assists during his goal drought. Just his third goal of the year, the 25-year-old is a sporadic name on the scoresheet with his new team this season. Currently a plus-4, this is a big change for the winger who has historically been a minus player, posting a minus-28 and minus-26 in his previous two seasons.
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