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Sunday, 14.09.2008 / 12:37 PM / Features
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Hodgson
CANUCKS EXTRA

Prospects camp at a glance
One on One with Hodgson

Day three gallery
The third day of Canucks prospects camp was an eventful one at UBC as all 23 players once again took part in on-ice and dry-land activities.

Sunday's hour and a half skate was more offensive minded than Saturday's practice with coaches Scott Arniel, Ryan Walter, Rick Bowness, Jay Wells and Ian Clark focusing on everything from even and odd man rushes, to shot accuracy and face-offs.

Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault was once again in attendance and although this was his second opportunity to see the players on the ice, he still needs more time to get a close look at the group.

Following a brief skate Monday morning the Canucks prospects head to Camrose, Alberta for a pair of games against Edmonton's and Calgary's prospects; Vigneault is confident that much more will be learned during these games.

"We gotta put guys in game situations and see how they respond," assessed Vigneault. "In general we like the pace, we like the effort on the ice and hopefully our guys are going to be able to go tomorrow and play well.

"I think what we just tried to accomplish here is to get our guys ready for the next two nights and getting them ready in two days is not an easy task, but that's what we have so the coaches put the players through the paces, gave them a few guidelines here for these next two games in Edmonton and hopefully things will go well."

Cody Hodgson, Vancouver's first pick of 2008, is biting at the chomp to hit the ice for some real action, he's scheduled to be alongside Michael Grabner and Dan Gendur Monday night on a line that should provide some excitement.

"I'm really looking forward to it. It should be some good competition against Calgary and Edmonton and I'm playing with some great linemates in Gendur and Grabner so it should be fun.

Interestingly enough, the rookie isn't worried about making any mistakes during the games, he knows it's a part of the game and that Vancouver's coaching staff isn't going to jump to conclusions because of a slip up or two.

"I try not to worry about things like that," said Hodgson. "Once the play is over I can't go back and change it so I figure out what I have to do and on the next play I change it going forward."

The same goes for defenseman Yann Sauve, another of Vancouver's 2008 draft picks. Nerves are sure to play a part in Monday and Tuesday's games, but he and the defence have come together during camp and he's confident they are going to perform well.

"We're pretty solid, we just have to move the puck well and keep things basic," said Sauve.

"We didn't have a lot of time to come together at the prospects camp in July but now we're playing together and working out together so we know everyone well and there's a lot of team spirit here and we're getting more comfortable with each other, now we just have to play well in Edmonton."

Monday and Tuesday's games are scheduled for 6:00 (PT) and fans can follow all the action here on Canucks.com.