Friday, September 29, 2006

High On Hansen

While the boys over at HFBoards are pimping Jannik Hansen, the whole country of Denmark are hoping that he becomes the first Dane to ever play in the NHL (Copenhagen Post):

Jannik Hansen is the only Dane left with a chance of playing in the NHL when the season begins.

Veteran winger Kim Staal had to bow out in Nashville. And rising star Frans Nielsen couldn't make it in New York.

Now the pressure of becoming the first Dane to make a National Hockey League roster is squarely on the shoulder pads of Jannik Hansen.

No Dane has ever played in the NHL, except in pre-season and training games. Hansen hopes he can break the curse and be one of the Vancouver Canucks' final 23 players on opening day.

The right-winger is a crowd favourite in Vancouver, but pre-season cheers and success does not secure a place on the team - Staal scored two goals in four minutes in one game for Nashville.

It is a positive sign, however, that Hansen is travelling with the team for another game Tuesday night against the San José Sharks. Though he has played and trained all summer with the team, that one game may determine whether or not he makes Danish history.
Hansen has made the most of his preseason opportunities with the Canucks. He was one of the bright spots in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, playing with Ryan Kesler and Alexandre Burrows and scoring a goal. So far this preseason, he has 3 points (2G-1A) and a team-leading plus-4 rating.

It may come down to a numbers game - the Canucks already have 13 forwards on one-way contracts - but if Hansen makes it past the weekend, boy, Denmark will be one proud country.


Tonight's home game against the Calgary Flames start at 7:00 PM. Canucks radio play-by-play is on TEAM 1040.

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