Hansen/Carter: The Other Sedin

This Canucks season has been a really disappointing roller coaster, kind of like the one at Playland (because if you have knees its not very fun). Last year, the Canucks surprisingly made the playoffs and gave hope for this year; what we got was a bunch of bleh. Thankfully, Jannik Hansen has been able to enjoy a career year with 20 goals so far and his point total equals his jersey number (#36).

Hansen has been the best option on the Sedin line this year and I wrote a piece awhile back where I made the case he has been the best choice for quite some time. We all remember when Anson Carter played here and rode the success train to a hefty contract in Columbus where he enjoyed fame, riches, Cups and prestige. Actually, he eventually suffered a concussion and his NHL career was over. (Im not slagging him for that)

It seems like there has always been a search to find “the one” to play with the Sedins and both Carter and Hansen, as well as Alex Burrows obviously, were and have been great fits. But what do the stats say? At the time Carter left, hockey analytics were in its infancy, to many of us anyways; but now we have an abundance to sift through. How do they stack up though, who’s better, who has more hair?

Just so I don’t have to say it later, these stats are based on 5v5 in all situations from War On Ice. I’ve compared Jannik Hansen this season to Anson Carter’s season with the Twins.

Looking at the meat and potato stats Jannik Hansen and Anson Carter BOTH have 17 goals (Hansen’s year isn’t done yet though.) In the assists category, Hansen edges Carter 15 to 11, still pretty impressive.

Hansen just edges out Carter in Goals/60 –  1.2 to 1.1 (but who’s counting?)

Going over to CF%, Anson Carter took this one easily. He finished the 2005/06 season with a 54.5% to Hansen’s 48.0%. Ok, so there were a few more shots going on during the arrival of the “new NHL” but its still pretty good and yes, we’re comparing one season only here.

Who had the luckier season? Well, Anson Carter was taking care of business with a PDO of 100.9 (CRAP, thats BTO, and really that’s not that phenomenal of a number.) Jannik Hansen is the all star here with a VERY impressive 105.1;  Clap for em, clap for em.

Personal Shooting percentage? A full point ahead, Hansen takes it with 19.3 to Carter’s 18.3.

I took a look at high danger corsi/fenwick % and I bet you don’t need an official stat to know who won this one: Did you guess Anson Carter? You’d be correct. Carter ran away with it at 55.3% and Hansen’s pedestrian 45.7% would be fair to guess. The “Other Brother” did much of his work in the blue paint and had an abundance of tap, tap, tapperoos from the Sedins. Why he wanted to pass that up is beyond me.

Even looking at just their individual high danger scoring chances, Hansen was no match for Carter. Anson had 59 to Jannik’s 39 but again this season compared to the one when Carter played has been quite different; things were looking up instead of what we currently see today.

Imagine if Anson Carter stayed and built on the initial success? Where would we be today? Would the Burrows thing ever materialize?

Not all of these stats are exclusive to playing with the Sedins as both players had a lull where they needed to find a new line. Interesting also to note that Anson Carter played 80 games in 2005/06 while Jannik Hansen has been out a bit this year and has only played 63 so far.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a WOWY to measure their exact production on the Sedin line exclusively but there’s plenty of evidence here to make up your minds.

At the end of the day, we’re looking at two different eras but not a whole lot different. Jannik Hansen has still amassed a pretty nice season with Henrik and Daniel but it’s no surprise who the better line mate was. Anson Carter gambled and lost and his career was never the same. Jannik hasn’t been selfish and has gone up and down the lineup where needed and has been an integral part of the Canucks for some time.

With the stats showing Carter’s dominance in this instance, Hansen’s loyalty and determination to always be better is something that will stick with us far longer. BUT, if I had to choose, I’d take Carter all day long, stats don’t lie and he was a monster that year. I think I just made Thomas Drance cry.

I’m so sorry everyone, you’ve read this far and I haven’t given you the answer you wanted: better hair; is it even a contest here? Anson wins on a landslide. Those dreads were something fierce and I miss them dearly.

I also miss the Canucks being good, hopefully this will suffice for now.

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