Wednesday, March 1, 2017

NHL trade review: Sharks acquire Hansen for Goldobin


    
The San Jose Sharks have acquired winger Jannik Hansen from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional 4th round pick in the 2017 NHL draft, which can turn into a first round pick if the Sharks win the Stanley Cup this year. Let's get into details.
        The Sharks are buyers this year. It is their first deadline trade this year, and GM Doug Wilson will probably make more. Getting a winger who can play on any line helps, especially after the Sharks traded winger Tommy Wingels to the Senators in January. "Jannik is a versatile, gritty player who plays with speed and is talented on both sides of the puck," Wilson said. "We think he is a perfect fit for the style of our team, which has earned the right for us to make this move and add to our NHL roster as we push toward the playoffs." Goldobin was a solid prospect, but trading him shows how desperate this Sharks team is. A 4th round pick isn't much, but the Sharks would be happy if it turns into a 1st, meaning they won the Cup. Hansen, 30, has 13 points (6 goals and 7 assists) in 28 games this season. He has 235 points (105 goals and 130 assists) in 565 career regular season NHL games, all with the Canucks. He has 18 points (7 goals and 11 assists) in 64 career playoff games.
         The Canucks, unlike the Sharks, are sellers this year. They've already traded winger Alex Burrows to the Sens, and the fact that Hansen is gone too is not a surprise. I think GM Jim Benning did a good job with this trade, acquiring a solid prospect in Goldobin, who could play bottom six forward time for the Canucks for the rest of this season. Goldobin, 21, has 0 points in 2 NHL games for the Sharks this season. He has 41 points (15 goals and 26 assists) in 46 games for the San Jose Barracuda (AHL) this season. He has 2 points (1 goal and an assist) in 11 career NHL games, all with the Sharks.

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