Feb. 27, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62) celebrates with teammates after scoring on New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Carl Hagelin Is The Real Deal


Feb. 27, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62) celebrates with teammates after scoring on New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Carl Hagelin may not get a ton Calder Trophy consideration this year but he’s making an extreme impact on this team this year. Ever since his call up he’s brought this team to a new level. His speed has made his line mates around him not even think about their game, they are just trying to keep up with him.

I knew if he kept playing the way he did when he first got called up he’d eventually find himself playing with the top line and look at him now. He’s a rookie being centered by an All-Star Conn Smythe winning center in Brad Richards, and playing his far wing is an All-Star sniper in Marian Gaborik.

I can’t think of rookie other than maybe Adam Henrique of the Devils, who has it any better than that. But unlike Adam Henrique who is sort of along for the ride (He’s a good player but Parise and Kovalchuk are studs), Hagelin is driving this line setting up the forecheck and getting the cycle game going setting up great opportunities. A lot of Brad Richards resurgence recently is due to Carl Hagelin (And Richards shooting the puck a lot more). He is sort of what Richards had back in Dallas in Loui Eriksson. Hagelin may not have Eriksson’s offensive ability yet but that aspect of his game is still developing.

I cannot be any higher on Carl Hagelin right now, and he is a semi-large factor in why the Rangers are in first place in the east right now. Hagelin to me easily projects to be a top six forward on this team for many years to come, and maybe will even drive players the Rangers have now out of New York a few years down the road. But that’s not a discussion for right now.

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Tags: Adam Henrique Brad Richards Carl Hagelin Ilya Kovalchuk Loui Eriksson Marian Gaborik Zach Parise

  • ArrogantYinzerinCT

    hi. we are cblog. we come in peace.
    we are pens fans and we like to banter. do you have a sense of humor and are you cleared for contact?

  • NHD

    Wooooooooo Jeter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JenBroflovski

     @YinzerinKT We like jokes. Dishing them and eating them. Clever retorts and good natured ribbing.
     
     

  • NHD

     @JenBroflovski  @YinzerinKT and we are well versed on penetration welds…hth

  • mahstah

    NIce blog you got here, nice to see a comments section you can really stretch out in. Btw the horde is coming =D

  • Leeeny

    We will add the biological and technological distinctiveness of your species to our own. Resistance is futile.

  • mahstah

     @Leeeny We want….a shrubbery!!

  • Leeeny

    We are the Cborg.

  • Leeeny

     @mahstah Wrong movie.

  • JenBroflovski

     @mahstah Agree. And nice format, lots of effort. Huge applause.
     

  • Leeeny

     @mastah But good movie!

  • Birdman79

  • mahstah

     @Leeeny still applies, I want one, it must be one that looks nice and is not too expensive.

  • Leeeny

     @mahstah :-))))

  • https://twitter.com/#!/BlackGold_White BGW

    So much better than that crappy http://www.nyrangersblog.com/

  • NHD

     @Birdman79 it’s early…all the Nu Yawkers are still fighting traffic……

  • Leeeny

     @BGW Hear hear. That guy is an insult to Rangers bloggers.

  • mahstah

     @BGW twitterblog.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/BlackGold_White BGW

     @JenBroflovski  @mahstah and no butthurt moderator.

  • YinzerinCT

     @Leeeny  @BGW  or just bloggers. jesus.

  • Birdman79

     @NHD I love the fact that I live 1.7 miles from the office.

  • NHD

     @Birdman79 Live is good for you

  • JenBroflovski

    Matt? Is it? Matt, we always have plenty of beer and chips to share. And you have Mike Rupp. We can be friends.

  • YinzerinCT

    so.. hi Matt Josephs!
    i really like your blog. I think Hagelin is a beast and will def be interesting to watch him speed down the ice tonight. Also will be interesting to see how torts tries to match up against our… well, 3 of our 4 lines, really. wouldn’t want to be him today.

  • Hoss

    Wow, a NY Rangers blogger that puts effort into posts.  Offers insight as well?  hmmmm, carry on

  • Leeeny

    Wait till Matt checks his inbox and sees a gigantic spike in blog comment traffic. he’ll be like WTF and then ohhhhhhhhhh

  • stapler

     @YinzerinKT why would anyone pay attention to the 3rd line…

  • JenBroflovski

     @YinzerinKT In all honesty, I’m happy Sid is coming back against one of the best teams in the east. Let’s get it started. 

  • stapler

    if you need a reference….please contact DOY

  • Hoss

    The Royal half enjoys us as well

  • YinzerinCT

    i tweeted him.

  • stapler

     @Hoss  yes. 

  • JenBroflovski

    In all seriousness, the majority of us are hockey fans in general with our and wavering allegiance with the Pens. So no reason we can’t co-exist. 

  • JenBroflovski

    *unwavering 

  • YinzerinCT

     @JenBroflovski  well, unless one lacks a sense of humor. i mean, entirely. like, there’s a glitch in their DNA or something.

  • Hoss

    I’ve had it up to here with your bi-partisan rhetoric BS

  • Hoss

    I don’t feel comfortable being on a Ranger blog that doesn’t copy and paste ALL their content….

  • Leeeny

    Don’t forget to vote in the poll at the right, peeps. I voted for everything.

  • stapler
  • Leeeny

     @stapler I did enjoy that moment a great deal.

  • Leeeny
  • NHD

     @stapler I miss him….

  • mahstah
  • mahstah

    Posting this to flag myself to get Matt’s attention

  • Hoss

    Yinzer already tweeted him

  • Hoss

    Will a representative please come out to play?

  • YinzerinCT

     @Hoss   he tweeted back. he likes that we like his blog.

  • jeffurry

    lets go kings

  • YinzerinCT

     @jeffurry  what?

  • jeffurry

     @YinzerinKT you dont see what i did there?