Even before this season started I knew Carl Hagelin would eventually play some games for the New York Rangers. Seeing him at Traverse City, I knew his call up to the big leagues was inevitable. But who knew he’d put up the kind of numbers he has since his call up? He has six points in eight games and has a plus/minus of 6. What Hagelin always seems to say about himself is “I just don’t want to be scored on when i’m on the ice.” So taking that into mind his six points in eight games is even more impressive. His line with Boyle and Mitchell has been great controlling the play in the opposition’s zone, and most importantly they aren’t being scored on.
Some people after last night’s game where Hagelin scored two goals (one of them shorthanded) want him to play on Brad Richards‘ line. I’m taking the stance of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Hagelin has been great with his current line mates and there is no reason to switch the lineup. The team should just let Hagelin develop into a great two-way forward, which they know he will become. Carl Hagelin has a very bright future ahead of him, and every time he hits the ice it seems the rangers hit the jackpot with this 6th round pick.
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