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Has Hansen become a 2nd line player?

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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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He's definetly close. But he's not quite there yet. Maybe in a year or two

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Hardwork works when skill doesn't :)

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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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If he keeps close (80%ish) to his current pace, all year, then yea.

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Hardwork works when skill doesn't :)

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He's becoming a fast sniper, the perfect player the canucks need in the top 6

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Yes. Most definitely. Higgins too. I think it's nuts that people say we don't have a second line.

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

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I don't think we even have a 2nd line right now :blink:

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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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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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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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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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