So that was an interesting little signing in a summer with no real arbitration hearings of note. Will Shea Weber or Zach Parise go that route? Even that appears unlikely at this stage (it would seem). Arbitration cases only seem to occur about 12-18% of the time in the NHL anyway and this year that rate is 1 for the summer. Jannik Hansen signed a three year, $4.05 million dollar deal today with the Vancouver Canucks.
Hansen is a curious case indeed for he really does not have a ton of fantasy clout but he does have some more upside. The problem is can he crack either power play unit? Maybe not this year but next year is a possibility. That is the dilemma for fantasy owners. When a guy has no career points on the man advantage and did have almost 30 points last year, what is the next step? Does the next step occur and when?
The upside is there and Hansen is very physical as his hit count approached 150 last year. He also played the entire year last season and may be one of those Year Five guys that truly breakout in the fifth year. Not surprisingly that time is now as it is Hansen’s fifth year in the league (fourth full year). This is kind of how it goes.