Name: Ron Hainsey
Hometown: Bolton, Connecticut
Acquired: 2000 NHL Draft, 1st round (13th)
Skating and offensive abilities are his main assets. He posses decent size, and speed which helps him get back into the play quickly. Has a good shot from the point, and works well on the power play.
Decision making in his own end can be questionable. Tends to “run around” in his own end. Questionable work ethic and maturity. Often pinches in at the wrong time, causing defensive breakdowns.
HW Updates, by Dan Linn
2003-2004 Season Review – Hainsey also started off the season with the Montreal Canadiens, and even scored his first ever NHL goal, but was unable to maintain a spot in the roster, so he was sent back to Hamilton to work on his defensive and physical game. Offensively, Hainsey has been the trigger man for the Dogs power play, as they often look for his shot from the point, as this season he was successful providing offense, as he was second on the team in scoring for defensemen behind his partner Francois Beauchemin. But defensively he had a tough time showing improvement, although he was reliable and often got the job done, turnovers and a lack of physical play in the crease were trouble spots for him.
Canadiens Mid-season Top 20 – 5. Ron Hainsey- D. (5th) Hainsey stays where was before, as he has struggled to earn a spot in the NHL just yet, but has been very good in the AHL, as he may be the Bulldogs top defensemen in the last few weeks that he’s been in Hamilton. Blessed with outstanding natural abilities, Hainsey can be very effective while on the power play or helping the offense in general, as he shoots and passes well. The defensive end of the ice is where the trouble has been, as he continues to develop that side of his game in the AHL, where he has adapted well from the more wide open NCAA where he spent two seasons before being signed by the Habs.
January 2004 – Hainsey has played some solid hockey while down the road in Hamilton, as he is second on the team in +/- and leads all defensemen as well. Also he has been able to help the Dogs PP, as he moves the puck well, and likes to pinch in on the rush well possible. Hainsey has improved his play in his own end, but could stand to be more physical in front of the net and in the corners. If he’s not called up, expect him to be a major factor in the teams success should they go far in the playoffs.
December 2003 – After being sent down to Hamilton, Hainsey has taken the demotion in stride, playing some very good hockey in hopes of being recalled again. He’s been paired with Beauchemin, and the two have made an effective pairing, as Hainsey has been solid in his own end, while helping the team with his quick passing and shooting.