On Tuesday night, during the Sharks third period win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose acquired Right Wing Jannik Hansen from the Vancouver Canucks. The Sharks sent RW Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth round draft pick back to Vancouver. That draft pick however, can become a first round pick if the Sharks win the Stanley Cup this year.
The new Shark in the water Hansen brings limited numbers to his new team. At this point in the season, the 30 year old’s stats sit at six goals and seven assists for 13 points in 28 games. He is a +2 this year though, playing on a very mediocre team. He suffered a knee injury back in December, and returned to the Canucks lineup in early February. However, last season saw a lot more success from the Dane. In 67 games, he managed to score 22 goals and add 16 assists, with a +16 rating. He will bring speed to a Sharks team that could definitely use it, given how last season’s Cup Final went.
And he’s one of those pain-in-the-rear end to play against guys that this team could use, too. https://t.co/7LObh9NQAm— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) March 1, 2017
The Sharks will have to bid a fond farewell to prospect Nikolay Goldobin. Goldy only appeared in two games this season, and it sounded like those games were an audition. According to analysts, he failed in his audition. He had a tendency to back away from potential hits, which is something you cannot do in the NHL. So ultimately, Goldy became available on the trade market. To go along with him will be a conditional fourth round pick, which could become a first round if the Sharks win it all. Of course, there are those who are freaking out about giving up a first rounder.
There are actually people complaining that the draft pick could become a first round pick if the SHARKS WIN THE CUP. Never change, Twitter.— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) March 1, 2017
Now, lets get to it. Where will Hansen slot into the lineup? Here is a look at a potential four line setup Coach Pete DeBoer could throw out when all skaters are healthy:
Hansen could very well slot on Sharks top line. Goldobin has been surpassed on depth chart by other prospects. Easy call for DW, IMO— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) March 1, 2017
An already deep Sharks team just got deeper. Not only will Hansen bring more speed to the lineup, but he also moves guys down the lines to add talent to the third and fourth lines. The Sharks will be dangerous come playoff time. A little side note, Hansen and Boedker have been friends since they were kids. Bringing in someone with history, this could be a move that gets Boedker going. So, in a way, the Sharks could be adding two speedy goal scorers. San Jose could become the team nobody wants to face in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Shark fans, gear up for the stretch run.