2006-07: Jake Hansen enjoyed a tremendous junior season at White Bear Lake HS finishing 13th in scoring among all high school players and 3rd among all AA players. Hansen was named as an honorable mention to the AP All-State Team and named to the All-Metro 1st Team by the Star Tribune. Hansen will play for Sioux Falls in the USHL next season, and has committed to Minnesota (NCAA-WCHA) for the 2008-09 season.
2007-08: Hansen had a very successful season with Sioux Falls. He was among the league leaders in goals and points. He played on the Stampede’s top line along with Jack Connolly, the league’s leading scorer. Hansen was named to the All-USHL Second Team. Hansen showed that his high school scoring translates well to the USHL, displaying a good drive to the net and a goal’s scorers touch.
2008-09: Hansen skated in 33 games as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, scoring 2 goals, 5 assists for 7 points.
2009-10: As a sophomore, Hansen played 38 games for the Gophers. He upped his totals in his second year with 7 goals, 5 assists for 12 points.
2010-11: Hansen skated in 35 of 36 games for the University of Minnesota as a junior. He scored a career-high 11 goals with 9 assists and was +3 with 49 PMs on a Gophers team that struggled to stay above .500 and finished fifth in the competitive WCHA. Hansen scored 6 of his 9 goals on the power play.
2011-12: Hansen’s senior season with the Golden Gophers was his best. He bulked up to 191 pounds during the offseason and preceded to play like the physical forward Columbus was hoping he’d develop into. He set up 22 goals and scored 16 of his own. His biggest improvement was on his defensive game and the results transferred over to his 19 plus/minus. He got hot at the right time and entered the Frozen Four on a six game point streak. He became one of Minnesota’s leader and when he played well the team one. They had an 18-8-0 record when Hansen recorded a point.
Hansen added size over the past year, which will help him become a great two-way forward. He is defensively responsible and can play a physical game. He has the strength and stick work to play in front of the net. He is gifted with a strong shot and has solid playmaking ability.
The former third round pick will start the year in the AHL. If he can turn heads he may get a call up towards the end of the year, but his real chance to become a household name will come during next year’s developmental camp.