Yeah,Hodgson lucked out.U make it sound like somebody else scored those 19 goals and set up 22 others.
Maybe that was Hansen-ah,no.
Hansen was never able to score more than 9 goals per season in his career,but playing alongside Hodgson Hansen tallied career highs in both goals and assists.
However,Hodgson still scored more goals and assists in his rookie year than Hansen has been able to muster in any of his four NHL seasons of play.
No I make it sound like playing with two way players like Hansen and Higgins was what Hodgson needed - Higgins and Hansen combined for 82 points and +29 - how did Hodgson fare without them? He was exposed as a young defensive liability who depended upon those guys to shelter that weakness to his game.
What I find humorous is the post I responded to makes the point that Hansen doesn't fight, doesn't make great open ice hits... but was lucky to play with Hodgson...who fights, hits, scores, kills penalties? Uh no, he throws in a hit once every two or three games... (25 hits for Vancouver last year - less than Raymond in more games than Raymond played).
Ironically, as I mentioned before, Hansen scored 9 goals in 47 games two years before Hodgson arrived. Do the math. Same pace as with Hodgson.
Hansen - 39 points and +18 while making 1.35 million - well below the NHL average. Speed, grit, skill, determination, consistency = real expendable - like Burrows was when he was emerging...
This thread is v2.0 of the epic "Burrows? do we really need him?"
Edited by oldnews, 14 August 2012 - 08:06 AM.