If there were any players, coaches, or scouts who were unaware of Carl Hagelin’s speed then they surely aren’t ignorant to it now. Rangers fans of course know how much of an asset Hagelin’s speed is, but last night we got both prove and quantify it. Hagelin’s first attempt earned him a spot in the finals against Ottawa’s Colin Greening, a fellow rookie. And here’s what happened.
Thus, all of our suspicions were confirmed. Carl Hagelin was certainly the fastest skater in the arena last night and I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone else in the NHL that could beat him. What’s pretty amazing is that Hagelin actually slowed down as he approached the finish line. Had he really tried his best he would have won by an even wider margin.
Coincidentally, the person who might be the most likely to challenge Carl Hagelin for the title of “Fastest Skater” isn’t even in the NHL right now and might be a teammate of his next year. Rangers’ prospect Chris Kreider was said to be faster than most NHLer’s on his draft day in 2009. For right now, though, we can proudly state that, with a rink filled with All-Stars and some of the fastest players in the NHL, none could beat Carl Hagelin at the speed game.