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#1 DownUndaCanuck

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:34 AM

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So Kesler and Booth look like they won't be ready to play the first odd month of the season and names like Kassian, Schroeder, Lapierre and Raymond are being tossed around for the vacant 2nd line position. TSN in particular have been riding these guys hard to step up and fill in this empty line. However, people are forgetting about one Jannik Hansen.

Hansen has improved every single season he's been in the NHL with no signs of slowing down, unlike guys like Higgins, Raymond, Kassian and Ebbett who have all had dips and poor production seasons in the past. He is my #1 candidate for the 2nd line position, if not playing with the Sedins where he's had plenty of proven success as well.

This kid was essentially a 40 point player last season, a sparkling +18 on our 3rd line and scored 16 goals with limited minutes, all of which were at even strength. People forget about this guy quite a bit but he will undoubtedly hit the 20 goal plateau next season, and deserves a chance to play some premium minutes, including powerplay time.

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Hansen - Lapierre - Higgins
Raymond - Schroeder - Kassian
Weise - Malhotra - Volpatti/Pinizotto/Ebbett

PP1:

Sedin - Sedin - Hansen/Kassian
Edler - Garrison

PP2:

Burrows - Higgins - Kassian/Hansen
Bieksa - Hamhuis

Hansen is probably the most versatile player on our lineup right now, not only in terms of solid defensive play but offensively he can skate with the best of them, play a fast-tempo speedy transition game or can plant himself in front of the net and provide a great screen (he was the best Canuck at this all of last season, far better than Burrows - perfectly positioned at the edge of the crease every single time).

Sure losing a third of our top-6 is a big opportunity for outsiders to step up, but Hansen should be given the first and most thorough look because he deserves it the most.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:36 AM

Hansen will be at the SEL this year.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:53 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:56 AM

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Hansen will be at the SEL this year.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:58 AM

Hansen will be at the SEL this year.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:16 AM

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.


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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:18 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:31 AM

Hanson is a machine.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:31 AM

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.

Edited by rbcanucks87, 16 January 2013 - 02:32 AM.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:36 AM



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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:53 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:09 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:55 AM

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.

He changes his game when he gets into a top-6. What makes him successful is hitting, and getting in on the forecheck quickly and digging out those pucks. As soon as he is slotted in a top-6 he seems to forget that and tries to just score goals. Almost all of his goals come from hard work down low and getting to the net but some reason he changes his game so much.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:26 AM

Because Hansen forgot about Dre.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:47 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:04 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:25 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:28 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:28 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:23 AM

+1 to this.

If memory serves, I once posted a big ol' essay on here about the merits of young Jannik which I'm quite sure nobody read in its entirity. Bottom line, I think he's good. But I also agree with those who pointed out that he changes his game in the top 6. Maybe maturity and experience will help temper his mindset a bit and help him realize what brings him the most success.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:53 AM

You win with guys like Hansen on your third...don't get me wrong, he is one of the top canucks who brings 100% each and every shift..But with what is going on, it really opens up our minor issue with a solid second. I hate to beat a dead horse but CoHo would've been a nice fit but he was stapled to the third while Kes was playing injured on the Second..didn't see the logic in that but hey...who am I. Maybe i'm old school and would play my starters only if they were 85% and more unlike some..
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:21 AM

Nobody has forgotten about Hansen. What a stupid thread

Edit: Other than the praise of Hansen cause he is awesome.

Edited by Aladeen, 16 January 2013 - 10:21 AM.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

Hansen....is a player we don't have to worry about...:)
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:38 AM

Kinda reminds me about when everyone forgot about Dre.. Then look what happened. BAM he drops chronic 2001, shows us he's still the D.R.E. and we all felt real stupid for letting him slip to the back of our minds.

I don't wanna make same mistake twice I agree Hansen should be on the second line in this situation. That being said, I got a feeling lappy Hansen and Higgins line is going to end up being our second line by default. Kind of how burr and kes did that year they forced the third line to become the second because they were playing way better and earned the ice time.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:27 AM

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:43 AM

So Kesler and Booth look like they won't be ready to play the first odd month of the season and names like Kassian, Schroeder, Lapierre and Raymond are being tossed around for the vacant 2nd line position. TSN in particular have been riding these guys hard to step up and fill in this empty line. However, people are forgetting about one Jannik Hansen.

Hansen has improved every single season he's been in the NHL with no signs of slowing down, unlike guys like Higgins, Raymond, Kassian and Ebbett who have all had dips and poor production seasons in the past. He is my #1 candidate for the 2nd line position, if not playing with the Sedins where he's had plenty of proven success as well.

This kid was essentially a 40 point player last season, a sparkling +18 on our 3rd line and scored 16 goals with limited minutes, all of which were at even strength. People forget about this guy quite a bit but he will undoubtedly hit the 20 goal plateau next season, and deserves a chance to play some premium minutes, including powerplay time.

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Hansen - Lapierre - Higgins
Raymond - Schroeder - Kassian
Weise - Malhotra - Volpatti/Pinizotto/Ebbett


to the people crying about Schroeder on the 2nd line, or Kassian, or whomever........that will be the second line right there, in terms of ice time. Sure they lost some offense in Kes and Booth, but it just means they play a more defensive style and win 2-1 games.......no big deal as we know that's the kind of game AV prefers anyway.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

Hansen deserves a serious look in the top 6. Maybe even put him with the Sedins and put Burrows on the 2nd line with Higgins and Ebbett. This line would have great energy.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:40 PM

I had a dream last night that he had a killer season... Hopefully it won't be just a dream.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

I think Hansen will have a break out season this year.

Jannik Hansen has won the early lottery to replace Ryan Kesler on the Canucks’ top power-play unit.
In the Canucks’ first power-play work of training camp on Wednesday morning — before an evening intra-squad game — Hansen lined up with the Sedins in power-play drills.

Alex Edler and Jason Garrison were on the first-unit points.

Hansen, usually a third-liner, skates well and has played occasionally with the Sedins in an even-strength role.

Kesler, the team’s second-line centre, is out indefinitely after summer surgeries to his shoulder and wrist.

The other power-play units: Andrew Ebbett between Zack Kassian and Mason Raymond, with Cam Barker and Keith Ballard on the points; and Jordan Schroeder between Chris Higgins and Alex Burrows, with Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis on the points.

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