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Hazen Learns The Ropes

A learning start to his pro career, forward Jonathan Hazen has an unwavering determination for this season.

Monday, 07.16.2012 / 11:30 AM ET / News
By Caroline Platek  - Special to FloridaPanthers.com
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Hazen Learns The Ropes
Jonathan Hazen (Photo Credit: Darren Abate)

Jonathan Hazen made a name for himself on the Val d’Or Foreurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Quebec City native played in 242 games scoring 106 goals with an overall 227 points. During his four year run he was recognized for his outstanding speed and was signed in March 2011 by the Panthers after going undrafted.

“He [Hazen] is a young player who possesses speed, skill and the ability to score goals” said General Manager Dale Tallon after signing him in 2011.

In the ECHL he faced a learning experience, as expected for a player when he moves up to the pros. Hazen played 48 games recording 12 goals with an overall 31 points during his time as a Cincinnati Cyclone. He also spent time in the AHL as a member of the San Antonio Rampage and played nine games scoring one goal.

The 22-year old did not see a record like his campaign in the QMJHL but his first year at the upper level has not diminished his confidence. He looks at the season as a learning experience and comprehends the adjustment from the junior to major league.

“The guys are quicker [and] bigger. When you have the puck you don’t have a lot of time to do your play,” remarks the Canadian.

In turn, Hazen has set new goals and plans to apply them this summer as he enters his second year as a professional.

“I want to be bigger- that’s what I’ll do this summer… And be more consistent on the ice.”

His plans to increase in size and technical skills seems likely as he has added 17 lbs to his formerly 170 frame since the start of the season. And with strength training and additional exercise he will likely gain more.

Often a larger stature inhibits speed but Hazen does not fear the loss of his signature quality. He notes that he will continue to do speed oriented drills to remain one of the quickest players on the ice.

Luck is on his side because Hazen is practically neighbors with a member of the LA Kings, Simon Gagne. The left winger, who recently won the Stanley Cup this past June, lives a mere 20 minutes from the Panthers prospect and has offered to assist in training with Hazen this summer at the gym they both attend in Quebec City.

With his training this summer and unstoppable drive to improve, this upcoming season Hazen is determined to prove himself.

“I am ready this year. I was ready last year too but now I can see what I am looking for,” says the determined Hazen.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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