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Sabres experimenting with Hodgson on the wing

Apr 2, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

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The freedom to experiment is one of the silver linings of being out of a playoff position. And if there’s one thing the Buffalo Sabres are, it’s extremely free to experiment.

Recently, coach Ted Nolan has been experimenting with Cody Hodgson on the wing, as opposed to his usual center position.

“We want to see where he best fits with the team moving forward,” Nolan said, per the Olean Times Herald. “Maybe he’s a better winger. Also, you have to get him with the right people, get him the puck because once Cody has the puck within a certain footage of that net, he has a good chance of putting it in.

“He’s not known for his great defense, and we don’t want him to play great defense. We want him to score offensively. But you have to be reliable defensively. One thing about the wing position, it’s not as complicated as playing center ice.”

Nor does playing the wing require a player to cover so much ice to support the puck. And given Hodgson isn’t the fastest skater in the league, that may be another reason for this experiment.

Per dailyfaceoff, this is what the Sabres’ top six currently looks like:


  1. mpops86 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    That top six is bleak.

    • marlen656 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Can we Keep This image of the jerseys handy? It will be fun to look back when the 2016 Season starts and compare the Top 6! Keep the faith Sabre Fans, we’re almost there…

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Okay, so all the Canucks fans who keep whigning about Hodgson going to the Sabres should just stop now. Nolan has basically confirmed what AV was saying, the guy can’t play defense or play the centre position effectively in the NHL. good luck to him as a winger.

  2. usher716 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    sabres are experimenting with everything, half of their roster belongs in the AHL. which is totally fine with me. hello top two pick!

  3. bullwinkle88 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Certainly that lineup leaves a lot of room for the two guys we will be selecting in the top 5 this coming draft (unless one is Ekblad!). Of course I’m assuming we will have LI’s top pick too.

  4. buddysguys - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    thats more like a bottom 6 that has to play top min

    BRING ON A GUY NAMED SAM!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. djshnooks - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Yeah, four 1st rounders and 2 college free agents who would have been 1st round picks…not a bad top-6 by any means, just inexperienced and in need of a little more playmaking and defense.

    Replace Flynn with a Reinhart and Stafford with a Mcdavid…slide Ennis and Girgensons to the wings…and those would be two awesome top-2 lines for sure.

    Please stop pretending this team has no talent…because between 4 of the 6 you listed, the prospects coming up and the loads of draft picks…this team is stacked with talent and talent coming in…but that’s the problem, it’s just not ready yet.

    I can’t wait until it is though!!! Woot woot!!!!!

  6. billsfanaddict - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    In this rebuild I do hereby SaBrelieve!!!

  7. zinger99 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Sabres should experiment with getting an owner who knows something about hockey. Three bad owners in a row!

  8. djshnooks - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Zinger stop…

    Pegula hires hockey people and let’s them do their job…what more can you ask? Should he become more like Jerry Jones and/or Mark Cuban? Please no.

    He is turning Buffalo into a hockey Mecca. Look up the HarborCenter he is building, where everything USA Hockey will be held…where the scouting combine will be moved to from Toronto…that will give Buffalo a draft and all-star game as well.

    He hired a hall of famer in Lafontaine, who in a short assignment landed us one of the best and most aggressive up-and-coming GM’s in Tim Murray, who learned from his uncle who has long been one of the best in the business…he’s built Stanley cup winners…he has a tremendous eye for talent. He has balls and is not afraid to make a move of one of his players, like Darcy Regier was constantly afraid to do.

    Best of all…he brought in another Hall of famer, Craig Patrick, who has cups and gold medals…and he has built Stanley cup winners from the top on down, through a tank in Pittsburgh. He’s a hockey genius.

    This team is in better hands than you think…I am very happy with who we have running the ship…we for once finally have some competent hockey people who have a clue of what they’re doing to win.

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