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Why is everyone forgetting about Hansen?

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Hansen is a good player in his own right, playing on the third. He plays really well as a third liner, IMO he should never be on the top 6.

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Hansen is a good player in his own right, playing on the third. He plays really well as a third liner, IMO he should never be on the top 6.

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People have been writing Hansen off as long as he's been in Vancouver, but you're right, he has improved every single year. We've seen glimpses of a goal scorer's touch. I think he'll start in his usual 3rd line spot, but if Kassian or whoever starts on the 2nd fails to impress, he'll get a shot.

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Higgins and Hansen are two players that are incredibly valuable to us. They are great two-way energy guys that could easily play in the top-6 on most other teams. That being said I absolutely love what they bring to our 3rd line. They are great two-way players that are really hard to play against. The fact that they both consistently produce with limited minutes just makes it that much sweeter. I fully expect these guys to step up and fill the void that Kesler's/Booth's injury has left in our lineup.

I fully expect the Higgins-Lapierre-Hansen line to eat up a lot of minutes for us with Kesler out. Three players that have been absolutely clutch for us the past two seasons.

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I love that goal, beat Phaneuf in the race for the puck, protected it all the way to the net, and makes a great power move to score. He deffinitely has some talent and I could see him in the top 6 while we have injuries (now), but with a healthy team I like him at 3rd line RW

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He played some solid mins at Tappara and I think he will be our best player outside the top line for sure this year. Don't know if he's good on the second line because the guys he would play with don't have that edge he has on the third. He is a beast though. could put up numbers on the PP if we throw him in the mix. I like his decision making too.

As I think about it more and more I do like the line combo's posted at the top of the thread. I'd rather give schoerder the chance to play and if it doesn't work throw in the vet who has some experience and grit. Would you rather have ebbett from day one and he gets injured after the deadline and we throw schroeder in, or have schroeder in and him get injured and replace him with ebbs?

Rather have the young guy in and if it doesnt pan out throw the old guy in as opposed to throwing the young guy in mid season with no NHL experience if ebbs got hurt!

Hansen for the win though can anyone say honey badger?

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People say rookies have no chance with AV; but look at Hansen picked low in the draft or Burrows?

AV rewards effort before talent. And funny thing, when you get (earn) ice time, your talent develops. So its not surprising he has improved. If he does not hit a saturation point where his talent can go no further, he at least deserves the chance on the 2knd line. So guys like Hansen, debatably have passed guys like Hodgson?

AV loves these "glue" guys that bust their hump forechecking, digging, hitting and fly up and down the ice at full speed.

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Why not? He's already out-producing all of our bottom-6 forwards including Raymond, Lapierre etc. and is only about 5 goals and 10 points off Higgins' pace. This guy to me is a future 20-25 goal scorer and staple in our top-6. The perfect combination of speed, grittiness and good defence that is so important in the playoffs especially.

You win with guys like Hansen - Boston did it with essentially all of their forwards playing a similar style to Hansen, as did Los Angeles. Not over-the-top skill, but enough to score and score the dirty goals. Hansen is the prototypical playoff player which is why we should try and integrate him more into our top-6 now.

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Has anyone not watched AV teams before? There is no way that a line of Raymond, Ebbet-Schroeder, Kassian gets second line minutes. The third line will be the second line. They may not call them the second line but Hansen, Higgins and Lapierre will get the second most minutes. And this sucks because as usual AV will ride the top 6 guys too hard and the chances for injuries will increase even more. The forward depth on this team is scary right now.

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Because he played in Europe, he's also one of our few players who will actually be in game shape at the start of the season ....

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I don't think any fans have forgotten about Hansen. I don't think the team has either. He is a cap friendly 1.35m for this and next season, he is a bonafide middle 6 winger and at his best can play and contribute on the 2nd line, or fill in briefly on the top line. No one expects Hansen to be a missing Sedin, but it is clearly possible that he can contribute and likely will on the 2nd line. I prefer Hansen to Raymond for that job, hands down. He is reliable defensively, maybe one of the most defensively reliable on the team of forwards right now, and over the last three seasons went from 15 to 29 then to 39 points, while also massively improving his plus minus rating, from -5 to 13 and then to a whopping +18. Only 34 penalty minutes last year in 82 games. Only downside is what does the future hold for the 26 year old? Has he had his best season, or was that a stepping stone to better things?

I personally think we will see another small step forward in Jannik's progression, but in case we don't: what he brought the last season and a half is fine by me. That is what makes him solid in the middle six.

last year 16 goals...this year in a shortened season...11 goals would be an improvement, statistically..and I see that happening.

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I'm not sure that we have a shot at a cup with him on our second line, we may need him as a fill in but we are in trouble if that's all we have. But your right he has improved every season so who knows.

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having said all that: I don't know what I think of MayRay, Schroeder, Hansen for a second line. Unless Mason Raymond has a career start to the season, the line won't hold up.

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Everything's already been said...I also believe that his physicality is one of the best things about his game and that's how he's most successful. I, too, like him on the third as the scoring responsibility does seem to change the focus a bit if he's bumped up, but he's also more experienced and may handle that role well. Really looking forward to seeing what this year brings for him as he quietly goes about his business.

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