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#1 Hamhuis2

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:45 PM

What can you say about Dan Hamhuis? He is EXTREMELY underrated outside of Vancouver, perhaps even in VanCity itself. The man has 37 points and is a +28. Thats good enough for top 25 in defenseman point totals and 2nd in the league for defenseman +/- (only behind Chara). He is only one point off of his career high in points, which he set in his second full year in the NHL with Nashville.

This guy is an absolute stud defensively, delivers clean, crisp breakout passes, and leads the charge on the backend, yet he is hardly ever discussed.

Let's compare him with the rest of our defense, which, might I add, are also solid.

Dan Hamhuis: 81gp, 37pts, +28
Kevin Bieksa: 77gp, 43pts, +12
Alex Edler: 81gp, 49pts, +0
Sami Salo: 68gp, 25pts, +7
Chris Tanev: 24gp, 2pts, +9
Keith Ballard: 47gp, 7pts, +0

As we can see, Hamhuis has a +16 lead on second place (in terms of +/-).

Overall, while Edler leads the team in points, his +/- is a bit disturbing and truly speaks of his defensive struggles in the second half of this season. Kevin Bieksa is also having a good season, amassing his highest point totals in some time, as well as having a sold +12 rating. Salo actually played the majority of games this year, and was solid. Tanev has been very impressive and while the points aren't there, the defensive play is, as seen in his +9. Ballard was playing a lot better before he got hurt.

In conclusion, I believe that this year, Dan Hamhuis has been our best defenseman, unsung hero, and perhaps even MVP.

Appreciate him Vancouver, he is one of the best that there is.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:47 PM

he could be the new HamWow guy!


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:47 PM

One of my favorite Defencemen. Keep it up Hammer!
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:50 PM

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:00 PM

He'll be a rock for us in the playoffs. He was last year too, until he got injured :(.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:00 PM

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:02 PM

The Hamhuis signing was the one that took Vancouver from being a good team to an "elite" team.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:02 PM

I believe the reason hamhuis doesn't get the recognition is that he has been are most consistent and reliable player all season the numbers speak for them self.he never gets bashed either keep it up hammer the reason we have another shot at a serious run for the cup.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:02 PM

+/- is overrated.




But good for Hammer!
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:03 PM

Hamhuis is our #1 defenseman.

Without him, our defense is in shambles as we witnessed last summer.

I'm okay with losing a Sedin, one of Luongo or Schneider, or even Kesler - but not Hamhuis. He's irreplaceable.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:05 PM

one of the most underrated shutdown defensemen in the league
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:06 PM

He had a sweet pass to Higgins last night too.

totally agree although i wouldnt have minded jvr in a 3 way.


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:09 PM

Love Dan Hamhuis..... he fits like a glove on this team, imo!

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:17 PM

He'd be leading in plus-minus if he wasn't paired with Bieksa this year. Guaranteed. Another rough year for Bieksa but I think come playoffs, Bieksa will be studly.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:18 PM

Now if only we can pry Shea Weber out of Nashville. :bigblush:


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:18 PM

LOVE DAN HAMHUIS
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Great person and As a canucks fan I am so proud to have him in our team.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:22 PM

Anyone who knows hockey, knows he is our mvp!

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:25 PM

LOVE DAN HAMHUIS
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Great person and As a canucks fan I am so proud to have him in our team.

Can't even hate on him.

Canucks are very fortunate to have him

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:29 PM

makes his folks proud..for sure!!

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:35 PM

quiet defensemen, nobody has anything bad to say about him so he goes un-noticed haha.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:36 PM

Neh, he's not our MVP, he's great, but MVP, no.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:43 PM

canucks defense would be nothing without hamhuis! remember last year when hamhuis got injured in the stanley cup finals in game 2? It all went downhill for the canucks since then and boston ended up scoring 21 goals in 5 games after that while the canucks only scored 4 goals! Hamhuis was a HUGE reason for canucks failure in the stanley cup finals both offensively and especially defensively. Can't also rule out sedins disappearing and luongo choking as well

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:55 PM

Wow didn't realize that. Hamhuis is always unoticed, and thats good because shows he is so sound defensively. Even when picking up points I barely notice or realize its him getting points.

Dan Hamhuis Team Canada Olympics 2014?! Very possible if he stays consistant. At one point on TSN a while back he was projected to be on the team.

Imagine Weber and Hamhuis as the shutdown pairing!!! WOW
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:58 PM

The top 5 leaders in +/- are all Bruins, then Hamhuis! lol then Sharp and Boychuck after Hammer....He is stuck between Hawks and Bruins!!!!!
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:00 PM

Yup, no doubt Hamhuis is our best D.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:00 PM

I miss his hipchecks though. :(

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:02 PM

+/- is overrated.


Not when you're a dman who gets top minutes...

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:18 PM

It's crazy to think how underrated he was when he played in Nashville. I love that we got him here and other teams pretty much just skipped over his name when looking at the FA's.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:29 PM

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:33 PM

a major reason nux lost in scf.

what if.... Damn lucic.
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