I think people tend to get a little too excited about Tennyson. He's a rookie playing his first NHL playoff game against a tough team and against a team that will pressure the **** out of him. Hannan might not be better on paper but at least he's been there and it's the devil we know.
Tennyson played 16 minutes at even strength in the most recent Vancouver game, and put up good numbers. Sure, he only faced bottom-6 players but he wasn't sheltered in zone starts, and he was tied for most shots for at evens and was tied for the best shot differential on the team. More importantly, he made Stuart have a good game.
He's not a defensive stalwart, and he's not ready to be counted on for more than 15 minutes in the playoffs, but defensive ability is overrated if you can't move the puck out of the zone effectively. Hannan can't, Tennyson can.
And again, it's not Hannan that I have a problem with, it's the Stuart-Hannan pair.
I just don't understand the outcry. The guy has 4 NHL games to his name. Players often come up and have their honeymoon period. You just don't trust a rookie with that little experience in the NHL playing in the SCP's over a veteran like Hannan unless you have to. It sucks, but Demers is out for now and Hannan is the right choice to start.
It isn't that Tennyson is a good option, it is that Hannan isn't.
All these posters points at Tennyson's Corsi as proof that he is ready are ridiculous, but just because I'd feel unsafe with Tennyson doesn't mean I'd be OK with Hannan.