NHL 2017 News & Updates: What Kind of Impact Can Martin Hanzal Bring To His New Team

By Keen Earlan, Posted: 03/02/17 05:16AM EST

Martin Hanzal is a Czech professional ice hockey center currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Hanzal made his professional debut with the Coyotes in the 2007-08 season. He finished with eight goals and 35 points on the season, placing him sixth in team scoring. Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said of Hanzal. "He's a big strong centerman, he plays a heavy game, he makes you earn every inch of the ice when you play against him."

Of all the guys with expiring contracts at forward, we felt he would have the biggest impact on any roster, so certainly our goal was to have him play for us and also to keep him away from other teams in the West," Fletcher added.

According to NHl, Hanzal is in the final year of a five-year, $15.5 million contract worth an average annual value of $3.1 million. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Hanzal, 29, led Arizona with 16 goals and has 26 points in 51 games this season. Hanzal has 117 goals and 196 assists in 608 regular-season games in 10 seasons, all with the Coyotes.

In acquiring center Martin Hanzal, the Minnesota Wild are giving their all in trying to win the Stanley Cup this season. The Wild leads the Central Division and Western Conference with 84 points and is even more formidable with Hanzal, the Czech who has 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games this season and 313 points in 608 NHL games, all with the Coyotes, reports nzherald.co.nz.

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