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#1 Lychees

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:10 PM

Now I love Honey Badger as much as the next guy but I was having a chat with a friend and he thinks that Hansen has become a 2nd line player.

Now there's no doubt that he has the effort, the will, the speed to become one, however I think that just because we lack a real second line threat at the moment that Hansen has stepped up but to a second line skill? I think he can get there and is almost there but not quite.

What do you think though, has Hansen become a second line player? or is he not quite there yet?
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:13 PM

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3rd on the team in points and doesn't get babysat with offensive starts, i'd say thats a legit 2nd liner
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:13 PM

He's definetly close. But he's not quite there yet. Maybe in a year or two
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:13 PM

Hardwork works when skill doesn't :)
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:16 PM

I thought after last night we didn't have any 2nd line players
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:16 PM

He's a 2nd liner on a team lacking a strong 2nd line (not a jab at Hansen). He's the perfect third liner and looks better when placed with a skilled center (last year with Hodgson, this year with Schroeder). It would be interesting to see how he plays with Kesler, but that's not going to happen in the near future.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:16 PM

If he keeps close (80%ish) to his current pace, all year, then yea.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:17 PM

Hardwork works when skill doesn't :)


Exactly, he's probably been our most consistent player all year. I love it, but I'm just not buying that he has the skillset to be a second line threat when our team is healthy, maybe in a year or two like Stamkos' Mullet said
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:18 PM

He's becoming a fast sniper, the perfect player the canucks need in the top 6
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:18 PM

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It's academic.
Wherever he plays, he's a complete hockey player. What can't the guy do?
Don't care much to classify him as a 2nd or 3rd liner. He is the kind of player who, when your team is healthy, is one of the best third liners in the NHL - when the team isn't healthy, he brings an extremely solid two way game that contributes in all kinds of ways.
Ditto where Higgins is concerned. If these guys are playing on the 2nd line, that second line may not score as much as some, but it will be a better two way second line than most in the NHL... and the game is a two way game - so either way, he's extremely valuable.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:19 PM

Yes. Most definitely. Higgins too. I think it's nuts that people say we don't have a second line.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:20 PM

He could be, but he's a perfect fit for the third unit. We need balanced scoring from three lines to be competitive. And in a perfect world, we should address the problem on the second line and keep our 3rd strong with a guy like Hansen there.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:22 PM

his shot is getting better and better i remember he used to miss the net so much but he is turning into a bit of a sniper i would say he is a mix 2nd/3rd liner right now more suited for the 3rd line but is close to being a solid 2nd liner
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:40 PM

I thought after last night we didn't have any 2nd line players


Kesler, Booth, Kassian :(
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:41 PM

Kesler, Booth, Kassian :(


That are actually playing

Also my post was a bit sarcastic after all the idiotic threads that have been made in the past few days

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:43 PM

I don't think we even have a 2nd line right now :blink:
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:44 PM

no i think Hansen is still better suited playing on the 3rd line. he's really good defensively and usually don't get the 1st or 2nd defensive pairing which is beneficial i think moving him into a 2nd line role his production will drop.. and he has more playmakers playing on the 3rd line then he'll on the 2nd line lol.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:45 PM

There are a lot of teams where he could easily be a 2nd liner. However I think he benefits our team more in his current two way 3rd line role. We can reserve the 2nd for better scorers, and consequently we have an unreal 3rd line that's gritty, hardworking and can easily chip in offensively.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:45 PM

I like the comments how he's now turning into a sniper just because he scored a laser tonight.

What he is is a guy who can fill in any line and chip in in every aspect of the game. He doesn't have the talent to consistently produce good 2nd line numbers, but he's close enough and has enough hustle to be able to move up the line-up if need be.

He may have a few higher scoring years, but I think he's in his prime right now. Great rounded middle 6 player, who's really beginning to become Burrows 2.0 for us (just with more speed and less offensive IQ).

Can't not love the guy.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:51 PM

There are a lot of teams where he could easily be a 2nd liner. However I think he benefits our team more in his current two way 3rd line role. We can reserve the 2nd for better scorers, and consequently we have an unreal 3rd line that's gritty, hardworking and can easily chip in offensively.


What better scoreres ar you referring to? He's tied for the team lead in goals.

Hansen is a gold mine for this team. He can and does play every style asked. He hits, he aggrevates, he checks, kills penalties, is fast as lightening and scores goals.

His shot and his hands have imprived significantly this year. That shot tonight was a bloody laser.

He can play on any of the 4 lines and specioal teams within reason.

He's also durable. We are very fortunate to have him.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:53 PM

I like the comments how he's now turning into a sniper just because he scored a laser tonight.

What he is is a guy who can fill in any line and chip in in every aspect of the game. He doesn't have the talent to consistently produce good 2nd line numbers, but he's close enough and has enough hustle to be able to move up the line-up if need be.

He may have a few higher scoring years, but I think he's in his prime right now. Great rounded middle 6 player, who's really beginning to become Burrows 2.0 for us (just with more speed and less offensive IQ).

Can't not love the guy.


I think you underestimate him. He's 3rd in team scoring this year and doesn' get PP time and usually plays a checking role. Pretty good numbers for a PK'ing 3rd liner.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:53 PM

Hansen is essentially the equivalent of Burrows; a complete NHL forward. He is not a star player, but he is a top notch complementary
player. On our team the Sedins are the star forwards. Kesler, Burrows and Hansen are the top support players closely followed by
Raymond, Higgins and Lapierre. Kassian and Schroeder are rising stars.
If Gillis can get a significant return on Louongo we will have a pretty solid team. I am thinking that Washington is the team that needs
Louongo and has the assets to get him. Foresberg, a second and Johansen would be a fair trade that would benefit both teams.
Washinton gets the goaltender they need and make the playoffs and maybe go all the way.
We don't improve alot initially, but in the long run our prospects pool would be much improved plus Johansen could step in this year
and perhaps immediatly improve the team.
Holding on to Louongo hoping for more may be a waste of time and opportunity and for Washington continuing on with Ovie and Backstrom in their prime without trying to win a cup is a waste of time and opportuitity especially considering that they will have Kuznetsov and whomever they draft this year coming in.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:04 PM

any 2nd liner close to him in Canucks now?
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:06 PM

I'd use him in the 2nd line for sure, at least until Jensen or Kassian's developed or if Booth gets back to his old form. Kassian should play on the 3rd while Hansen can set up Kes for shots, until Zack proves he can play on the Top 6. Jannik and Raymond should be able to fly together with Kes pretty effectively.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:26 PM

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:38 PM

He's really heading in that path. Reminds me of Alex Burrows before he legitly become a 2nd line player to be honest they play similar. They Both Hustle, they both grind, love it.

Him playing in Finland is probably one of the best things he did in his hockey career, as he pretty much the goto guy for the team.

When Kesler comes back its going to be Raymond Kesler Hansen. I cannot see it any other way unless Gillis finds us another winger at trade deadline.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:45 PM

If you combine Raymond and Booth you get Hansen. That is two second liners adding up to another second liner in my opinion. He can play 3rd just as well. He understands his game and what he supposed to do on the ice no matter who he's paired with. I'd say the most Coach-able player we have right now.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:49 PM

I don't think he's a legit 2nd liner on a cup team but I've been very impressed by his play this year. Our teams most consistent player hands down. Ideally id like to see him, Mayray and Schroeder as a scoring 3rd line with Booth, Kes and an elite winger brought in as our 2nd. 4th line comes down to Kass, Sestito, Higgy, Lappy, Pinizotto with injuries and what not.

Lose Cory or Lu whoever works best for a deal and we're good to go.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:50 PM

Hansen is a complete player and interchangable in any spot on the roster. He really has no bad attributes and him being on any line makes it better. He is definitely a capable 2nd line player.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:56 PM

I like the comments how he's now turning into a sniper just because he scored a laser tonight.


Snipes vs SJS, LA,Wild probably had nothing to do with the comments. was probably just the one he did today that caused the comments
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