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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 48 16 21 12 37
J. Huberdeau 51 10 27 11 37
A. Barkov 41 15 19 13 34
J. Jokinen 51 9 24 12 33
V. Trocheck 51 17 15 4 32
R. Smith 51 16 15 12 31
B. Pirri 47 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 47 10 12 23 22
B. Campbell 51 4 15 17 19
N. Bjugstad 36 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 4 .930 2.11
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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