Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 5/17/12
The Great Dane After a one-round mourning period, The Flying V is back to break down the best of a season gone far too soon for the Vancouver Canucks. Given the gracious grieving period, let us begin with some summer optimism. A number of Vancouver Canucks had a solid season in 2012, and there are several reasons to be happy about the state of Vancouver’s favourite team heading forward. Of the forwards that flourished throughout the season, the Honey Badger Jannik Hansen had an amazing year. Career High Hansen put up career numbers during his second consecutive 82-game season with the Canucks this year, registering 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points. After emerging with the Canucks in his first few seasons exclusively as a checker with a frustrating (lack of) finish, the young Dane again demonstrated a heightened nose for the net this year. Hansen’s continuous progress in the offensive zone even earned him a temporary promotion alongside the Sedin twins on Vancouver’s top line...
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