In the 2004 Entry Draft, the Vancouver Canucks selected in the 9th round, 287th overall, Jannik Hansen. I doubt that many people knew that he would be such a key member of this squad now. It took the Dane until 2007/2008 to crack the line up, and in that season he only played five games and would spend the majority of his season with the Manitoba Moose.
It wasn’t until 2008/2009 where Hansen would actually be tested, he played 55 games (6 goals – 15 assists). Back then, Jannik Hansen was more feisty than how he currently plays. He was not afraid to drop the gloves or make a big hit. He tried his best to be able to help the team by scoring goals and getting points. Though he did not get a lot that year, with the more games he would be getting in the future he is proving to everyone, just as Burrows had that no matter what if you don’t give up on yourself and play hard every night you will get a roster spot and you will help the team out.
The only thing that was plaguing Hansen was the injury bug. He spent a lot of the time during 2008 and 2009 injured and fighting for a position on the team. 2010/2011 was an awakening season for Hansen. He played an entire season, scored 9 goals and had 20 assists. This doesn’t seem like jaw-dropping numbers, but it was everything else that Hansen did that was got him the “Fred J. Hume Award” for being the team’s ‘unsung hero’. He learned to play a great defensive first game, that the whole team had to learn to play under Alain Vigneault. He was also a huge part of the Canucks playoff run, he scored 3 goals and had 6 assists (so they aren’t Sedin numbers, but they still made a huge difference in a lot of games). Jannik Hansen 2-0 Goal R1G1 (source:youtube.com)
This year is headed in the same direction for Jannik Hansen. He has scored a lot of key goals that have allowed for the Canucks to get back into the game or actually win the game. He has 9 goals and 7 assists, if he keeps up his play this year, there would be no doubt that he is going to get career high numbers. With David Booth out for 4-6 weeks, we should be seeing Hansen play with Kelser until Booth gets back and since Kesler is on a pretty good hot streak his line mates should be producing just as much.