Weâ€™ve partnered up with Pension Plan Puppets to bring to you a Player Review series, where we will be evaluating and grading the 2009-10 season for every Leaf who featured in a significant number of games for the Blue and White last season, with an eye towards 2010-11. Next up we feature Christian Hanson, profiled by SkinnyFish.
The Summary: Coming off of a stellar senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Hanson was one of three highly touted college free agents in the spring of 2009. The others beingÂ Matt Gilroy andÂ Tyler Bozak.Â Due to Notre Dame’s early departure from the NCAA tournament, Hanson was the first of those three players to sign with a pro club. Discussion was that the big 6′ 3″ Hanson had 2nd line potential and barring that would be a great 3rd line/checking line center.
Perhaps adding to the hype surrounding him, was that he was the son of Dave Hanson, #16 of the Hanson Brothers ofÂ Slap Shot fame. And seeing as how the word of the time wasÂ Truculence, Hanson’s lineage seemed like the perfect fit. However, even with of small sample of only 36 NHL games played, it seems that perhaps the hype was too great and that his potential may have been misjudged. And now, one of the biggest free agent signing of 2009 may not even be resigned only a year later for reasons that SkinnyFish further discusses here.
Should Burke resign Christian Hanson? Is the risk of him losing his waiver exempt status and the subsequent inability to send him down to the Marlies too much? If Hanson is resigned, what should the terms of the offer be? Where do you see Hanson fitting in to the overall scheme of things to come for the Leafs?
Rate Hanson below on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) based on his performanceÂ relative to his potential and your expectations for the season