Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen was selected by the team in the ninth round of the 2004 draft. While not many players drafted that late make it to the NHL, Hansen has not only made it but continues to thrive in his third full season with the Canucks, building on a breakout 2011-12 season in which he scored 16 goals and added 23 assists.
So far this season, Hansen has been part of a very balanced Canucks offense that continues to push past opposing teams. Hansen sits sixth on the team in scoring with three goals and seven points, including a huge game-winning goal against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night that helped extend a six-game winning streak.
After splitting time between Vancouver and their AHL affiliate Manitoba Moose for four seasons, Hansen finally got a shot at full-time NHL duty and responded with nine goals and 29 points. He continued to mature and improve last season while finishing eighth in scoring on a very deep and talented team. His three goals this season have come in the Canucks last four games, showing he is getting hot at the right time while playing with Mason Raymond and young center Jordan Schroeder.
During the lockout, Hansen played in Finland for Tappara Tampere, where he scored seven goals and added 10 assists in 20 games. Staying active overseas seems to have been very good for the youngster from Denmark, and continued strong play from depth players like Hansen will make this Canucks team very hard to beat this season.