Two years ago, Jannik Hansen won the Fred J. Hume Award as the Canucks’ unsung hero. Somehow, since then, Hansen’s praises still aren’t being sung enough, as he won the award yet again this past season. He becomes the first Canuck to win the award twice without winning it in back-to-back seasons, mainly because most players good enough to win it twice start getting the respect they deserve after a couple seasons.
Hansen has continued to progress as a two-way player and was on pace for a career-high 17 goals and 47 points in 2012-13, spending some time in the top-six and even playing alongside the Sedins on the powerplay occasionally. He’s one of the Canucks’ best penalty killers, he has underrated playmaking ability, and will even cross check a ref if he gets in his way. At some point, he’s gotta get sung, right?
Really, we’ve been singing his praises for some time now. While his early season production was driven by some favourable percentages while playing on the third line, he took advantage of when he was moved into a more offensive role and continued to produce. He’ll play an integral role next season, whether on the second line with Ryan Kesler or playing a more defensive checking role. If it’s the latter, he might not score as much, but he’ll still be important to the Canucks’ success.
Hansen scored ten goals during the 2013 season. Here are all ten:
This goal is a prime example of the percentages I was talking about, which isn’t to denigrate the effort Hansen puts in. He outbattles Lennart Petrell behind the net, spinning off his attempted check to get inside position, then gets lucky as Devan Dubnyk cheats to block the expected pass to Mason Raymond and has the puck bank off him and into the net.
This is one of the best goals of the season. Hansen takes off like a hoser as the Canucks gain possession of the puck in the defensive zone and Raymond hits him with a gorgeous aerial pass. Hansen catches the puck, drops it in front of himself in stride, and beats Niklas Backstrom on the breakaway.
Remember when Mason Raymond was freaking incredible? Yeah, it happened from time to time. On this goal he wins a battle in the corner, then makes Matt Cullen look stupid with a sick toe drag before threading a pass through to Keith Ballard, who immediately finds Hansen wide open in front of the net by slipping a pass between Clayton Stoner’s legs. Yes, this goal features fantastic plays by both Raymond and Ballard. I understand if you’re confused.
Even when Hansen picks up a bouncing puck in the Kings’ zone with space in the left faceoff circle, it doesn’t look like anything will come of it. He struggles to get the puck under control and is immediately surrounded by three Kings and not one of them is Mark Wahlberg. Fortunately, the puck settles on his stick in perfect shooting position and Hansen makes the most of it, firing it past Jonathan Quick’s left shoulder.
“Effort” is Hansen’s middle name because his parents don’t understand how names work. Hansen sets the screen in front of Danny Taylor as Cam Barker, of all people, lofts the shot on net. The rebound bounces up in the air and Hansen, diving, bats it in.
A fantastic play by Dan Hamhuis in the offensive zone leads to a pretty nice combination from the forwards, as Raymond neatly drops the puck to Hansen, who takes advantage of Chris Higgins’ fantastic screen in front of Antti Niemi to score on the blocker side.
Hansen’s unique blend of luck and skill strikes again. Hansen chips the puck past Ryan Ellis at the Canucks’ blueline: effort. Scott Hannan trips over his own feet as he goes to retrieve the puck: luck. Hansen turns on the jets, is first to the puck, and drives to the net: effort. Ellis wipes out, taking out Chris Mason and carrying the puck into his own net: luck. Of course, you can say that he created opportunities for luck to occur, then took full advantage of the luck he was given, and I completely agree.
Geez, what a bullet. Nothing fancy here: Hansen takes Raymond’s pass on the rush and just blasts a slapshot past Jake Allen, top corner. It’s a perfect shot.
Hansen got some ice time with the Sedins at even-strength as well. Here he joins them on the cycle, which gets broken up, but Hansen knocks the puck free again to Henrik, then slides out in front of the net. Henrik finds Daniel, Daniel slides the puck across to Hansen, and Hansen gets just enough on the puck to sneak it past J.S. Giguere.
This was Hansen’s only powerplay goal on the season, as he provides the netfront presence for a Jason Garrison slapshot and has it deflect off his skate and past Corey Crawford. It was actually Hansen’s first powerplay goal of his NHL career, though to be fair, he hasn’t had much powerplay time in the past.Tags: Every Goal, Every Goal 2012-13, Jannik Hansen