VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks have recalled centre Cody Hodgson, who will get his first taste of the NHL this week.
The move comes on the heels of defenceman Alexander Edler being placed on the injured reserve last week to undergo a microdiscectomy to repair a disc in his back. He is expected to be out at least two months.
Hodgson, 20, has appeared in 28 games for the AHL's Manitoba Moose this season, recording 10 goals and 16 points.
Hodgson dealt with the injury bug after being high-sticked at practice on Dec. 9 and suffering a broken orbital bone. He missed 18 games.
Hodgson also suffered a bulging disc in his back during a 2009 summer training session, and though he played in six pre-season games for Vancouver, his skating was hampered because of the injury.
The Toronto native was originally drafted by the Canucks 10th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.