DrJockitch Posted May 23, 2015 Share Posted May 23, 2015 Fans sure underestimate the value of Hansen around here. I would be over the moon if Jensen could step into Hansen's role on the team, but he doesn't have near the skills (other than the speed). He has no grit, no defence and I doubt he would pot 16g in a season either. I wouldn't say I am underestimating the role of Hansen. More and more good teams are being built around players like him. One of the new paradigms in the NHL is the fast bottom six as opposed to the big bottom six player, though big and fast is better. The Rangers and Wild are really built this way and the Canucks were in 2011. Wave after wave of fast guys that are solid positionally. Really helps to activate the D when the forwards have the speed and awareness to step in and cover. Not a bad role for a young player to step into and see if scoring develops later. As you said though, Jensen so far has not developed the properties necessary to step into this role other than speed. Benning is trying to get him to adjust his expectations and approach to bottom six player which is something he has shown no inclination to do. It feels like a waste though because this team is very short on finishers which is what he initially looked like, used a first round pick (albeit a low one) on a player that now we hope can develop into a bottom six forward and it really is looking like he is going to end up a solid european professional not an NHL player if he can't adjust his game. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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