Canucks Trade Jannik Hansen to San Jose Sharks

USATSI_9890877_154158418_lowresThe Vancouver Canucks have traded Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The conditions the pick are that the selection will become a first-rounder if the Sharks win the Stanley Cup, which is pretty straightforward as conditions go these days.

“Jannik is a versatile, gritty player who plays with speed and is talented on both sides of the puck,” Doug Wilson GM Doug 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 towards the playoffs.”

Hansen has a year to go on his contract and carries a $2.5 million cap hit.

There was some sense that something might’ve been in the works after the 30-year-old Dane was announced as a late scratch with the Canucks facing off against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

In 28 games this season, Hansen has 13 points – including six goals and seven assists.

He was drafted by Vancouver in the ninth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and has 235 points in 565 games with the Canucks, including 105 goals. His best season to date was in 2011-2012 when he managed 39 points in 82 games, all without a power play point.

Hansen is a good skater and can play a checking game, which should help the Sharks’ depth. He can play either wing, but he’s bought into Vancouver’s system of overpassing the puck and might need to make some adjustments.

“Jannik has been an important part of our team for over a decade and we would like to thank him, his wife Karen and their children for all they’ve done and wish them all the best in San Jose,” Canucks GM Jim Benning said. “While this was a difficult decision to make, this trade helps us with our goal of continuing to build a younger skilled team for the future.”

In Goldobin, the Canucks are getting a 21-year-old with some significant upside. He’s been playing in the AHL this season and was drafted by San Jose in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He’s noted for his goal-scoring and an explosive edge to his game that allows him to pull into open spaces.

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