I respect Jannik Hansen in that he's a hard working player. His passion is usually pretty evident, and he has wheels.
But I get so frustrated seeing his offensive inabilities... those hands of stone, which neutralizes an otherwise potentially exciting third line with Cody Hodgson and Manny Malhotra.
I know Hansen will always have his fans and followers because he has a low cap hit and high work ethic, but I'd argue that if the Canucks want to continue to be considered an elite team, they need to re-evaluate his worth. He's a plugger, and on most mediocre teams he fits the bill, but upon Raymond's return, Hansen is one of those guys who I'd omit from the lineup before Hodgson or anyone else.
You might suggest that Hansen provides that hard forchecking or sandpaper edge the Canucks lack, but he's not a true 'Raffi Torres' type, and we have a whole fourth line dedicated to the bumping and bruising. A line of Hodgson, Malhotra, and Raymond really interests me, and I think would give the Canucks the extra bit of offense they need in order to score first and win some games.
This is laughable. You're telling me that you would dress Volpatti over Hansen? I'm sorry this is just a fail. I'd rather have Hansen than Torres, younger hits more and all in all is harder to play against. The reason why Hansen is so valuable is that his giveaway/takeaway stats throughout his young career so far have been great. This is why he gets a lot of PK time.
like others have mentioned, he lacks finish but he's a good passer, he has a good sense. Despite the finishing department, the guy has second line qualities in some areas, makes him a great 3rd line option.
The whole team hasn't had a great start, Ballard and Bieksa are a -7, want to start a thread about it? I'd tell you to start a luongo thread, but do we really need that?
When Raymond comes back, this team should be rolling by then, I'll bet they won't want to mess with that second line if it's producing. I do agree with you that Raymond gets slotted into the 3rd line, but that doesn't take Hansen out of the lineup or even the 3rd line.
Also I'd like to add that Hodgson is on the bubble right now, if anything. He hasn't played well on the wing, it'll take awhile to adjust and it looks like AV wants to put him back into playing center. Malhotra isn't as valuable playing wing. I'd look for Lapierre maybe to move over and play on the 3rd line, his play has good.
Edited by cmccomb, 26 October 2011 - 05:12 PM.