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Canucks Player Autopsy: Jannik Hansen

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Hansen is a defensive machine. He is primarily used 5 on 5 and on the PK. He is very rarely used on the power play.

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Who Is He?

Jannik Hansen. AKA: Beaker....The Great Dane....The Honey Badger

6'1", 195 pounds

Right Wing

Born in Rodovre, Denmark

A 7th round pick by the Canucks in 2004. Seriously. But who picked Danish players back then anyway? We did! And we didn't stop there! Paging Dr. Jensen....

Salary: Hansen just played the first year of a 4-year deal that pays him $2.5 million per season on average.

What Did He Do / What Did We Like?

Beaker managed 16 goals and 33 points (tied for 6th on the team with Burrows) in 81 games of the 2014-15 regular season and 2 goals and 4 points in the 6-game series vs the Flames in the Playoffs. That 4-point total tied him for top spot with the Sedins, Vrbata and Horvat. The 33 points in the first year of his raise makes me happy. It shows that he's not complacent after a million dollar increase and that he plays to compete. The 33 points is also the 2nd-most point total of his NHL career. The 145 shots are the most he's had in a season. The 16 goals was 4th on the team and 17 assists ranked him 8th.

If there is one Canucks player that plays on almost any line throughout a season it's Hansen. He can be on the 4th line with Bo Horvat and Ronalds Kenins one night and then suddenly on the top line with the Sedins as soon as Alexandre Burrows gets injured and/or Willie Desjardins wants to keep Radim Vrbata on the second line with Nick Bonino and Chris Higgins.

Hansen is a defensive shorthanded specialist. He did score a shorthanded goal earlier in the season against the Oilers:

Jannik's 3 shorthanded points led the team.

You have to be impressed with Hansen's offensive output, considering he averaged only 13:58 of ice time per game, putting him amongst the likes of Horvat, Kenins, Vey, Matthias and Kassian.

Hansen, according to NHL.com's stats, didn't give the puck away all that much. In fact, he was and is far better at taking the puck away from opponents, as he was 2nd on the team behind Bonino in that category. Not entirely surprising, really. He's a greasy Dane after all and he is a pain in the ass to play against.

There were 4 Canucks forwards that chewed up the most PK time on average: Bonino, Richardson, Higgins and Hansen.

What Did We Hate?

The -6 in the regular season. The only players that were worse in that category were Horvat, Sbisa and Corrado. Corrado? Jesus! He only played 10 games and was a -7? Yikes. Whatever.

Back in November, Hansen was named one of the the NHL's stars of the week, not only scoring that shorthanded goal against the Oilers (shown above) but also doing this against our sworn enemy:

All that mostly playing on a line with Bo Horvat and Derek Dorsett.

Hansen is a defensive machine. He is primarily used 5 on 5 and on the PK. He is very rarely used on the power play. I think to myself on occasion: how can he not be used more on the power play? I mean, if the coach puts him with the Sedins occasionally then surely he believes Jannik can score. But this is the whole point of Hansen in the "hate" column. He is so god damned enigmatic. His Fenwick proves it. So does his iCORSI. He can look like Jarri Kurri one night and then Craig MacTavish the next. It is what it is. Streaky players will be streaky. I hate it.  Hansen jerks on your soul string so often that it's not funny. You wait for him to break out and score 30 because sometimes he looks like a damned genius but then he follows that with blunderous missed shots and cold streaks. That's not to say that I am gonna shit on his 2014-15 season because I thought he did pretty well. His longest pointless streak was 9 games back in late January - early February. There were other Canucks that hit the scoring desert a lot harder than Hansen did.

Fuck it. He's a bottom 6 forward and always will be. Now stop using him with the Sedins!

Zanstorm's Grade For Hansen: B-, as a bottom 6 forward, but bless his heart for his efforts.