Yeah, Hansen ripped it up in the second half of the season! Oh wait... he completely dried up once COHO was traded? Actually, it was even slightly before that. Hardly anyone on our first two lines will drop the gloves, and as a third-liner, Hansen doesn't fight, he isn't a natural goal scorer, he doesn't flatten anyone with big crushing body checks... he's a PLUG. Sure, he digs hard in the corners, can kills penalties, yadda yadda. Guess what? So can a whole bunch of AHLers. Hansen benefited from Coho's year, and even got some tap-ins from Sedins when AV foolishly put in on the top line. He's had a good attitude, but doesn't deserve to be on an elite team.
Garbage post! Hansen brings it every game and every shift, Yah I'm sorry I forgot elite teams are comprised of only Crosbys and Stamkos(s?). There is something called the salary cap and for what Jannik brings to the table he is a bargain, I bet all 30 teams would benefit from having him on their roster. There are different roles for different players, his role is not to score 30 goals, its not to steam roll opposing dmen, its not drop the mits. You need players like Hansen that play hard in the corners, forecheck like a man possesed and kill penalties and he does those things at a very high level which most AHLers wouldn't even come close to doing.
Jannik is a determined heart and soul player, he may not have the skill or the hands of other players but we should feel very lucky we have this guy. What he brings to the table is understated, and I can understand that someone who doesn't know much about hockey could look at him and not see how valuable he really is, so I forgive you!
He was a steal in the 2004 draft IMO and he continues to be a moneyball bargain player that if the Canucks had more of would be able to afford even more superstars to make for more of an elite team.
Part of the reason the Canucks are in fact elite is because of Hansen.