He was scratched moments before tonight’s game and there was speculation he was being traded. And now it’s official: the Vancouver Canucks have traded Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks.
In return, the Canucks will receive 21-year-old left winger Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL draft – conditional because if San Jose wins the Cup, the fourth round pick becomes a first round pick.
In the second move in as many days, GM Jim Benning has done what many Canucks fans were hoping and wishing for: trading away older veterans and bringing in young blood.
“Jannik has been an important part of our team for over a decade and we would like to thank him, his wife Karen, and their children for all they’ve done and wish them all the best in San Jose,” Benning said in a statement. “While this was a difficult decision to make, this trade helps us with our goal of continuing to build a younger, skilled team for the future.”
Goldobin has played in 46 games for the San Jose Barracuda, the Sharks’ AHL affiliate, and has tallied 41 points, including 15 goals. The Moscow native was drafted 27th overall by San Jose in the 2014 NHL draft.
“Nikolay is a gifted offensive player with good hands and good release on his shot,” Benning said. “His play away from the puck has improved this year in the American League and we believe with his skill set and continued development, he has the ability to become a valuable member of our team.”