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08-18-2012, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by FissionFire View Post
Well in CB's defense Hannan did play a much stronger level of competition whether you go with Relative Corsi or straight Corsi. However, he was pretty clearly over his head trying to play top 4 pairing minutes as evidenced by his near-league worst for D Corsi is -12.53 (only Schultz, Eaton, and Scandella had worse for D with 60 games). And it's not like he was starting the vast majority of his shifts in his own zone either, only a 48.7% offensive zone start which is about average.

Valuable as a #6 guy who will PK, but I don't think he can handle any tough minutes at ES any longer without seriously hurting your own team. He's a bottom pairing specialist at this point and if we'd let Ericsson walk and expected Hannan to fill in a top 4 role this season for us it would have been pretty awful.
Scott Hannan, on a team with competent defensive centers in a system that plays solid team defense, will be an excellent, third pairing left defenseman who can play in every defensive situation and on the PK.

If people expect more than that of Ericsson for some reason.... I guess I'd like to know why.

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