Vancouver Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson will not participate in the team’s rookie camp and tournament next week as he still awaits medical clearance.
Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault would not comment on the extent of Hodgson’s injuries but did say he hoped the young centre would be ready for the team’s main camp at the end of next week.
Hodgson was to speak to reporters on Friday but wasn’t made available by the team because he hasn’t been medically cleared yet.
Hodgson suffered what doctors thought was a bulging disc during off-ice training ahead of the 2009-10 season and he failed to make an impact at Canucks camp. He went on to play in only 24 games (13 regular season, 11 playoff) for the Brampton Battalion in the OHL before it was discovered that he had been playing with a torn muscle in his back.
The Markham, Ont., native, drafted 10th overall by the Canucks in 2008, was named CHL player of the year for the 2008-09 season.
He has also represented Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships, captaining the country to gold at the 2008 tournament while finishing with a tournament-high 12 points.