Niklas Hansson
Image: Rogle BK

Niklas Hansson

Hometown:

Helsingborg Sweden

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-01-08

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

3rd round (68th overall), 2013

Weight:

163 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Niklas Hansson played 18 games with lower division club Jonstorps IF ‘s mens’ team in southwest Sweden as a 16-year-old and played for Rogle in U18 Allsvenskan play. He also skated for Skane in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. Hansson had 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes with Jonstorps IF. He had no points or penalty minutes in five games with Rogle’s U18 team. During the TV-Pucken tournament he had 5 assists with 2 penalty minutes in eight games.

2011-12: Hansson spent his first full season with the Rogle club – splitting the season between the U20 and U18 teams. He played in 18 regular season games and seven playoff contests in the SuperElit U20 league, finishing with an even plus/minus and scoring 2 goals with 3 assists and 6 penalty minutes. Hansson scored 3 goals with 28 assists and was +39 with 14 penalty minutes in 33 regular season games for the U18 squad. In five U18 playoff games he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +8. Hansson played three international games for Sweden’s U17 team and had a pair of assists; finishing +5.

2012-13: Hansson made his pro debut with last-place Rogle IK in Sweden’s Elitserien, skating in nine regular season games and six games during the Kval series relegation playoffs. He was -3 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in the regular season and had his first SEL point, an assist in the Kval series. Rogle was relegated to AllSvenskan, the Swedish second league; finishing fifth in the six-team tournament. Hanson played 41 games for the Rogle U20 team, including two playoff games, and scored 3 goals with 20 assists, finishing +23 with 47 penalty minutes. Hansson was ranked 26th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Dallas in the third round (68th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Hansson skated for Rogle BK in the Sweden second league, AllSvenskan. In 47 regular season games he scored 2 goals with 11 assists and was +7 with 16 penalty minutes. Rogle finished seventh in the 14-team AllSvenskan but just missed securing elevation to the SHL for 2014-15 — placing first in the four-team play-in series before finishing third behind Orebro HK and Djurgardens, in the six-team Kval Series. In 16 post-season games Hansson scored 1 goal with 9 assists and was +7 with 6 penalty minutes. He played 12 games with the Rogle U20 team, scoring 4 goals with 8 assists, and was +13 with 2 penalty minutes. 

2014-15: Hansson moved up to the Rogle men’s team on a full-time basis — skating in 47 Allsvenskan regular season games and five playoff contests.  A teammate of fellow Stars’ prospect  Emil Molin, he scored 2 goals with 11 assists and was +7 with 16 penalty minutes in the regular season. Rogle finished fourth in the regular season and was first in the Slutspelsserien consolation playoffs. Hansson had 2 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He scored two goals for the Rogle junior team during the SuperElite playoffs in his only game with the team. 

Talent Analysis

Hansson is a good puck-moving defenseman who has terrific vision. He has a nice shot that he can get on net quickly. He still takes some risks defensively that are regrettable but he is learning and evolving. His in-zone coverage has improved. Hansson is a capable skater but needs to work on his transition to backward skating, as it is well below the mark. His skating is not progressing at the same rate as his technical skills.

Future

Hansson is skating for HV71 Jonkoping in his first SHL season in 2015-16. The leading scorer amongst HV71 defensemen in his rookie season, he has yet to sign an entry-level contract with the Stars. Hansson projects as an effective offensive defenseman but his mobility and defensive play could be issues at the NHL level. At this point his career path seems that of someone who remains in Europe for the duration of his career or is a top player in the AHL.

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