Monday, March 28, 2011

Hamhuis Concussed Again

Bad news out of the Canucks dressing room after their 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Sunday night, defenseman Dan Hamhuis has been diagnosed with his second concussion of the season, which he suffered in a mid-ice collision with Rick Nash and teammate Kevin Bieksa.  Hamhuis will be out of the Canucks line-up for at least a week, but officially he's out indefinitely, with the concussion and any update likely won't come for at least the required week.

It hasn't been a great year for Hamhuis in his first season with the Canucks, his games missed have really added up and affected his overall scoring numbers.  Hamhuis has likely finished his 2011 regular season with only 63 games this year, scoring 6 goals and adding 17 assists for 23 points.  That ranks him 348th in overall scoring this season, 64th among all defensemen.  Overall in the rankings, 64th isn't too bad, but there were some higher expectations going into the season.

ImplicationsIn the draft, Hamhuis is still an active player on Leon G.'s team, which currently sits in 10th place in the standings.  Leon sits only 3 points out of 9th and 13 points up on 11th, so there is some room to move.  Not sure the Hamhuis is the lynch pin of any movement, but it's just another body out of his line-up, which could mean points.

Thanks to a lack of production and some concussion issues, Hamhuis was not included on the playoff pool sheet and it looks like the right decision after this new concussion has dropped.

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