Noah Hanifin
Noah Hanifin
21-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
Posts first multi-point night
DCalgary Flames
November 18, 2018
Hanifin recorded two assists in a 4-2 victory against the Oilers on Saturday.
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The 21-year-old had his best offensive game of the season, but that probably says more about his start than anything. This was his first multi-point game of the season, and Hanifin is still waiting on his first goal. As we approach the quarter mark of the season, it doesn't seem like Hanifin will match his 10 goals from 2017-18. He has seven points (all assists) in 20 games.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:15
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:28
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:13
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
17:55
2:02
0:02
2017–18
18:52
1:48
0:05
2018–19
20:15
1:28
1:13
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Sets up only goal of the night
DCalgary Flames
November 10, 2018
Hanifin had an assist on Travis Hamonic's goal in the first period of a 1-0 win over Los Angeles on Saturday.
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On ice over 20 minutes
DCalgary Flames
October 22, 2018
Hanifin was held pointless during Sunday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.
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Inks six-year deal with Calgary
DCalgary Flames
August 30, 2018
Hanifin signed a six-year, $29.7 million contract with the Flames on Thursday.
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Secures qualifying offer
DCalgary Flames
June 25, 2018
Hanifin was extended a qualifying offer from Calgary on Monday, Kristen Anderson of Postmedia reports.
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Traded to Calgary
DCalgary Flames
June 23, 2018
Hanifin was traded to Calgary on Saturday as part of a big draft day trade, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca. Right winger Elias Lindholm will also head west with Hanifin while for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox get sent to Carolina.
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