San Jose Hockey Now Podcast #19: Scott Hannan on What Analytics Miss About Defensive Defenseman, Sharks Stories

Scott Hannan joins the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast – and it’s a family reunion!
But before we find out, between Keegan and Sheng, who’s related to Hannan (1:17:24), let’s talk about some of the big San Jose Sharks news.
What’s going on with Kevin Labanc (1:25)? What was up with the Frank Seravalli report that he was going to be waived?
Radim Simek was actually waived (20:25).
Mikael Granlund and Logan Couture are still on the mend (25:35).
And why Tomas Hertl and David Quinn were right to be upset that the San Jose Sharks allowed Filip Forsberg to escape punishment after Forsberg body slammed Mackenzie Blackwood (30:15).
Keegan and Sheng also review how the San Jose Sharks forwards (44:43), defensemen (1:01:13), and goalies (1:15:20) have looked through their 0-4-1 start.
And now, Scott Hannan (1:17:24)!
So who on the show is related to Hannan (1:18:00)?
Why did Hannan think the Sharks weren’t interested in him in the 1997 Draft (1:19:25)? He gives details about how Tim Burke grilled him in his pre-Draft interview. Who did he think would pick him?
Hannan shares who bought a katana sword (and brought it home on the plane) when the San Jose Sharks started the season in Japan in 1998 (1:24:30).
Hannan talks about his breakout 2003-04 campaign, when he shut down Peter Forsberg in the playoffs and hung up on Wayne Gretzky when the Great One tried to call him to tell him about his selection to Team Canada’s 2004 World Cup-winning squad (1:32:40).
Alexander Ovechkin called Hannan the league’s "toughest defenseman to play against" – also, who was tough for Hannan to handle (1:37:40)?
How did the rule changes in 2005-06 affect Hannan’s career (1:40:45)?
How good was Marc-Edouard Vlasic as a teenage rookie in 2006-07 (1:44:20)?
Jason Demers had a great Hannan story (1:45:35).
Which was the best Sharks team that Hannan was a part of, the one that he thought should have won the Cup (1:50:50)?
Hannan talks about his increased role on “Sharks Pregame Live” and “Sharks Postgame Live” (1:56:30).
He chats about Demers joining the broadcast (2:02:58).
Finally, we get into some interesting discussion about the current San Jose Sharks defense (2:05:30).
We talk about the polarizing Mario Ferraro. What analytics miss about defensive defenseman? What Hannan looks for from defensemen that isn’t tracked.
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Creators and Guests

Keegan McNally (Half-wall Hockey)
Keegan McNally (Half-wall Hockey) Hockey Prospecting, San Jose Sharks hockey ranting. Writer at @sjhockeynow covering Sharks prospects. Also on Youtube, link below!
Sheng Peng
Sheng Peng
Sharks @sjhockeynow @NBCSSharks. Podcast @sjhockeynowpod. @ThePHWA Venmo: shengpeng
San Jose Hockey Now Podcast #19: Scott Hannan on What Analytics Miss About Defensive Defenseman, Sharks Stories
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