Noah Hanifin
Noah Hanifin
22-Year-Old DefensemanD
Calgary Flames
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Hanifin joins the Flames for the 2018-19 season following the trade in June that sent him and Elias Lindholm from Carolina in exchange for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox. With the Hurricanes, Hanifin was progressing nicely after three seasons, and he even earned an All-Star nod last year en route to registering a career-high 32 points in 79 games. However, the Canes were looking for a little more scoring punch from the blue line, and with top shutdown pair Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin firmly in place, not to mention rookie Haydn Fleury quickly ascending the ranks, the team clearly felt Hanifin was expendable. The 21-year-old blueliner will immediately slot into a top-four role on the Flames' blue line that includes Mark Giordano, Michael Stone and Travis Hamonic. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $29.7 million contract with the Flames in August of 2018.
Leaves briefly after blocked shot
DCalgary Flames
March 19, 2019
Hanifin had two blocked shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets, but one of them forced him out of the game temporarily.
Late in the second period, Hanifin took a shot off the back of his helmet and was forced to go to the locker room. He returned at the start of the third period and finished with 17:21 of ice for the game. Hanifin remains at 30 points in 73 games this season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hanifin continued to make progress in his second year as an NHL regular, improving on his rookie stat line with an impressive 29 points in 81 games. He saw roughly 18 minutes of ice time on average in a top-four role for the Hurricanes last season and was a fixture on the team’s second power-play unit (2:02 per game). The only real issue was his his team-worst minus-19 rating which, compared to fellow blueliners Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce (each at plus-23), suggests that Hanifin still has to improve his defensive-zone play. That said, the best is certainly yet to come for the improving 20-year-old rearguard.
The No. 5 overall pick in last year's draft, Hanifin was one of three rookie blueliners who were everyday players for the Canes last season, joining Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce. In fact, Hanifin wound up playing the third-most minutes (1,414) of all the Canes’ defensemen last season, behind only Ron Hainsey and Justin Faulk. He also chipped in nicely on offense, registering 22 points (four goals, 18 assists), including seven points on the power play, where he averaged a respectable 2:22 per night. Not bad for a 19-year-old rookie who was expected to open the season at AHL Charlotte, but instead managed to bypass the minors altogether and play in all but three games for the big club. He may be held back by a mediocre supporting cast, but that won't stop him from getting better. Expect a slow, steady improvement in Hanifin's numbers as he continues his development into a top-four NHL blueliner.
Selected by the Hurricanes with the fifth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Hanifin is a reliable two-way defenseman who is a very strong skater. The 18-year-old knows how to move the puck up the ice and has an incredibly high hockey IQ. While the youngster is both a promising and versatile talent, it’s unclear if he’s ready to play at the NHL level. After forgoing his remaining college eligibility and turning pro, Hanifin will at least receive the opportunity during training camp to audition for a spot on the Carolina blue line, where the 6-foot-3, 204-pounder would add to an interesting young corps that includes rising star Justin Faulk and potential stud Ryan Murphy. It's more likely though that Hanifin sees time with AHL Charlotte at least initially, even after producing a stellar 23-point season with Boston College as a 17-year-old freshman. While he may not quite be ready to make a notable impact at the highest level of the professional ranks, as a two-way defenseman oozing with upside, Hanifin should be on your fantasy radar in the coming years.
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Two points in March
DCalgary Flames
March 15, 2019
Hanifin picked up an assist in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
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Production dips in February
DCalgary Flames
March 1, 2019
Hanifin accumulated a goal and two assists in 13 games in February.
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Scores game-winner Sunday
DCalgary Flames
February 3, 2019
Hanifin scored the game-winning goal Sunday against Carolina, tallying his fifth of the year.
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Big offense since Santa's visit
DCalgary Flames
January 5, 2019
Hanifin picked up two assists in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Flyers.
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Picks up pair of helpers in loss
DCalgary Flames
January 3, 2019
Hanifin recorded two assists in Thursday's 6-4 loss to Boston.
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