What’s the deal with Hansen?

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  1. The problem is personnel. I’ve got something brewing that’s going to be talking about the Canucks bottom six, but…

    Wellwood doesn’t play on the PK and both he and Bolduc are centres, Hansen is a winger, so you have to keep positional needs in mind as well.

    Bernier is one of the few players in the lineup who plays a physical brand of hockey and isn’t a defensive liability (there’ve been a number of games, for example, where Hansen’s been a -2 player.) His physical play has sort of tallied off, though.

    That’s not meant as a slag, either, Hansen’s still young (younger than Raymond) which means he still has room to grow…but he needs the minutes. Hence, problem.

    Hansen’s a great forechecker and I think he’d be better off playing on the fourth line, replacing one of Hordichuk/Glass/Rypien and balancing out the minutes given to the bottom six.

    Also, Hansen is an RFA at the end of the season.

  2. The problem is personnel. I’ve got something brewing that’s going to be talking about the Canucks bottom six, but…

    Wellwood doesn’t play on the PK and both he and Bolduc are centres, Hansen is a winger, so you have to keep positional needs in mind as well.

    Bernier is one of the few players in the lineup who plays a physical brand of hockey and isn’t a defensive liability (there’ve been a number of games, for example, where Hansen’s been a -2 player.) His physical play has sort of tallied off, though.

    That’s not meant as a slag, either, Hansen’s still young (younger than Raymond) which means he still has room to grow…but he needs the minutes. Hence, problem.

    Hansen’s a great forechecker and I think he’d be better off playing on the fourth line, replacing one of Hordichuk/Glass/Rypien and balancing out the minutes given to the bottom six.

    Also, Hansen is an RFA at the end of the season.

  3. Chris says:

    I agree with Trevor – it really does come down to personnel with a touch of economics. Now I like Hansen as much as the next guy (that was proven by his scrap against Calgary in game 1 of 08/09 season). But as much as Bernier needs to play to his potential, he’s got more upside than Hansen does.

    Add in the fact that the Canucks have more wingers than you can shake a stick at, and he ends up being the odd man out.

  4. Chris Golden says:

    I agree with Trevor – it really does come down to personnel with a touch of economics. Now I like Hansen as much as the next guy (that was proven by his scrap against Calgary in game 1 of 08/09 season). But as much as Bernier needs to play to his potential, he’s got more upside than Hansen does.

    Add in the fact that the Canucks have more wingers than you can shake a stick at, and he ends up being the odd man out.

  5. Kevin says:

    Hansen just scored an unassisted shorthanded goal. Hopefully this will continue to make his case.

  6. Kevin says:

    Hansen just scored an unassisted shorthanded goal. Hopefully this will continue to make his case.

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