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04-01-2009, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by trickster View Post
Ron Wilson mentioned it was like getting a first rounder - but the important thing will be whether or not he is going to be an NHLer.

Heck - Scott Scissons was a first rounder.
Easy on Scott Scissions.

Actually, he is a prime example (along with Scott Lachance) in my inter-board arguments with other Islander fans who would rather win games now than secure a higher draft position.

Think winning that extra game and missing on Jaromir Jagr and Scott Niedermayer stung a bit? While I recognize this goes both ways in terms of misses, I don't want to be on this side again per the two instances mentioned above.

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Being able to play with the Leafs right away must of been some added incentive for Hanson to sign with the blue and white.

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04-01-2009, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by HOCKEYGOON View Post
Being able to play with the Leafs right away must of been some added incentive for Hanson to sign with the blue and white.
It's also one of the points made regarding Bozak's possible team of choice. If he sees an opportunity to make it to the bigs right away, I'm sure it will weigh in his decision.

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Hanson was the Fan590 this afternoon and he sounds like one helluva a kid. Very educated and a great interview. If he doesn't turn into the top six forward Burke thinks he'll be, at least he'll bring a shot of character into that organization.

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04-01-2009, 09:52 PM
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Found these quotes on the Leafs board
"He's a skill guy, he's not a bruiser," Burke said of the younger Hanson. "We project him as one of our top six forwards."

"Its like having another 1st round draft pick essentially, by signing Hanson" said coach Ron Wilson about the signing.

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I only got to see him play once (a few weeks ago on Sportsnet's NCAA friday broadcast), and I wasn't particularly watching him as I had no clue who he was at the time...but I'd say based on that game he's not a bruiser.

I also wouldn't say he's got Wheeler's skillset, which isn't what Burke said in the first place but just compounding that...he looked to have decent hands, loved to take the puck through the neutral zone and worked hard on the forcheck. The guy can hit, but he I don't think he'll ever turn out to be a scrapper. I still wouldn't classify this as "another first rounder", as I've watched lots of 18 year old top prospects who looked better than him out there, and that age advantage in relation to skill is why it's more like another 3rd to me. Dickering over semantics at this point, though.

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04-02-2009, 12:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Brodeur View Post
Just to be anal, Penner at age 22 only had 28 points in his first AHL season and broke out during his age 23 year. Hanson just turned 23 a few weeks ago. Like X-Sharkie said, aside from both having good size and being NCAA free agents, they don't seem to have similar playing styles.
Well, Penner's original playing style was as a grinder with great size and upper body strength and can protect the puck for prolongue periods of time. Hockeysfuture.com quoted him as being a "Lunch-Pail" type but he had great chemistry with Getzlaf and Perry when they were down there in 2005-2006 and they ended up scoring points in buckets. On the other hand, I don't know much about Hanson so, I can't really come to conclusion on him. I think they both definitely can play that down-low role and stir up some havoc and with their size, can play in front of the net as a screen and look for rebounds but that, I think, is as far as it goes.

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