New prospects in Vancouver

DHARM MAKWANA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

The pressure of being a first-round NHL draft pick hit Cody Hodgson bright and early yesterday when local media grilled Vancouver Canucks prospects after a full workout.

"In Brampton there was one newspaper guy," he joked under the bright lights.

But Canuck GM Mike Gillis didn't draft the Ontario native 10th overall for his savvy in front of the mic.

The smooth-skating 18-year-old centre racked up 40 goals and 45 assists in 68 games in his last season playing for the Brampton Battalion.

"I try to play a smart and offensive game that creates chances for my teammates and at the same time not be a defensive liability," he said.

With the Canucks plucking Kyle Wellwood off waivers Wednesday, to address a glaring hole down the middle, Hodgson's chances of cracking the Canuck lineup this season may have taken a hit.

"I try to do everything with character," he said. "Try to be a good person. Hopefully that translates into a career in the NHL."

Second-round selection Yann Sauve hit this ice for the first time in a Canucks uniform yesterday as well.

The former first overall pick in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League said he's willing to work on his game before he wears the blue and green full time.

"If I'm ready I'll be there," he said. "But I think it's going to be in two or three years." 


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