Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bruins sign Christian Hanson

Yesterday Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins signed center Christian Hanson to a one-year, two-way contract.

Look for Hanson to be with Providence (AHL) and come up if injuries mount up on the Bruins. Hanson is a third/fourth line grinder who won't score much but plays physical at times. He's played against the Bruins when he played with Toronto and nothing really stood out to me. He's just a good character player. Of course, Hanson is more famous for being known as the son of Dave Hanson from the movie Slap Shot.

Hanson, a 6'4", 228-pound center, spent the 2011-12 season with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, after signing as a restricted free agent with the Washington Capitals on July 11, 2011. He tallied 10 goals, 11 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 52 games, with a plus-five rating.

In 2010-11, the 26-year-old skated in 58 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, where he recorded career highs offensively with 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points and added 51 penalty minutes. He finished tied for fifth on the team in points and seventh in goals. Hanson was recalled for six games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and collected four penalty minutes.

The 2009-10 season saw Hanson play a career-high 31 NHL games with the Maple Leafs, notching two goals and five assists for seven points, with 16 penalty minutes. In 38 games with the Marlies, he scored 12 goals and added 19 assists for 31 points, along with 35 penalty minutes, and was selected to the 2010 AHL All-Star Game.

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