The Vancouver Canucks have only won one of their past five games but still hold on to the top spot in the Northwest Division. The Canucks had no trouble scoring goals for most of the season, but have struggled to get much out of their offense in the past week. Jannik Hansen has been the most consistent player for the team, with three goals and five points in the six games he has played since returning from a one-game suspension for a hit on the Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa in a Feb. 19 shootout loss.
Hansen has proven to be a great weapon for the team this season, and fits well on the team’s second line with Chris Higgins and Mason Raymond. He now has six goals and 12 points on the season, good enough for fifth on the team in scoring. Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin each have 22 points to lead the team, while Hansen, Higgins (10 points) and Raymond (12 points) continue to climb the team’s leaderboard. With Ryan Kesler expected to miss more than a month due too injury, the Canucks will need continued production from their second and third lines.
Hansen has improved in each of his four seasons with the Canucks, and had a career-best 16 goals and 39 points last season. Staying active during the lockout with Tappara Tampere of Finland’s SM-liiga appears to have been good for him, and his continued production will do nothing but help the Canucks as they try to get their season back on track.