Nashville Predators fans may not be impressed with Scott Hannan’s offensive production, but they will appreciate the steady leadership he will provide on the blueline.
Last year Hannan was a mainstay on the Calgary blueline, appearing in 78 games and producing 12 points. Hannan was fifth in ice time for the Flames and fourth for defenseman, averaging over 20 minutes a night. Hannan is not an offensively gifted blueliner, but he is the perfect shutdown defenseman with his savvy veteran instincts and his large frame.
The Predators signed Hannan to a one-year deal this past summer, a move many touted as one of the best signings of the offseason.
Hannan should be a stabilizing factor on the Predators' blueline this year. He is a solid veteran who will serve as an excellent mentor for his younger teammates. Trotz has already paired him with Kevin Klein on the second pairing, which makes a lot of sense considering Hannan's record for being able to handle big minutes. Hannan should also be able to make the sometimes accident prone Klein settle in and focus on his game. Klein sometimes is caught trying to do too much, but with a veteran like Hannan beside him, he should be able to focus solely on his game.
Unlike the majority of Nashville's roster, there aren't a lot of questions that need to be answered with Hannan. He has been in the league for almost 15 years and is exactly as advertised. The question is not how can Hannan play, but how can he make the players he plays with better? I expect him to be a great mentor and partner for a lot of Nashville's players, especially Kevin Klein.