The Vancouver Canucks have been one of the most successful franchises in recent memory and have made the playoffs every year since they joined the NHL in 1993.
They have a roster filled with NHL-caliber players, which has helped them to the playoffs each of the past two seasons, but their captaincy situation is still in flux.
The Canucks have the luxury of a plethora of NHL-ready forwards and defencemen, but they need a true No. 1 centre to lead their team to the Stanley Cup finals.
While most believe Jannik Hansen will be the Canucks captain for the foreseeable future, he has only played in 16 NHL games and is just 25 years old.
“It’s a tough one for me to say right now,” Hansen said.
“But you always want the captain, the guy who has the most experience.
That’s what it comes down to.”
Hansen is still an important part of the Canucks future.
In the upcoming season, the Vancouver Canucks will be trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.
If they make the postseason, they would play in the Western Conference Final.
Hansen is the only forward on the Canucks roster who is not a Canadian.
Hansen, a native of B.C., is the third-leading scorer for the Canucks and has played in two Stanley Cup Playoffs, winning the Stanley Cups in 2010 and 2012.
He also holds a Stanley Cup ring.
“I’m very fortunate,” Hansen told NHL.com.
I know it’s a long process to be the No.1 centre for the Vancouver team.” “
My job is to make sure I play with the right mindset and the right attitude.
I know it’s a long process to be the No.1 centre for the Vancouver team.”
Hansen has been playing with the Canucks’ AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, for the past three seasons, starting in 2015-16.
He was traded to the Canucks in February 2017 and signed a one-year contract extension before the start of the 2016-17 season.
The team has a number of talented forwards who are currently in the NHL, including Connor Brown, Jack Skille, Michael Chaput, Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows.
Hansen has also had some time in the AHL with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.
Hansen will not play in Vancouver this season, and his absence would leave the Canucks with an unproven centre.
If the Canucks do not make the Stanley Final, Hansen is expected to return to the AHL.
Hansen did not speak with NHL.co.uk on his future with the team before the trade deadline, but he did confirm that he was a candidate for the captaincy.
“We’ll see how the trade goes,” Hansen added.
“A lot of things go into it, and I’m just looking forward to it.”