Bork! Bork! Bork! Bork! Bork! Bork! The Swedish Chef, the Smooth Swede, the spark that pushed Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards to their potential, or whatever else you want to call him, Carl Hagelin has been a breath of fresh air for the New York Rangers this season.
However, as we sing his praises, can we please remember Hagelin finished the season/post season with a 29 game goal drought. Not exactly the way fans want Hagelin to start off his sophomore season. Yeah, sure things happen but the disastrous run of Petr Prucha is still fresh in my mind for trusting rookie players “destined for greatness”. Do I think this was a fluke moment for Hagelin? Yes, I don’t see him falling the way of Prucha, I see him being more successful than he was this year, but I do end up being more negative than positive.
The young winger finished his first season with 14 goals and 24 assists in 64 games. Not bad. In the playoffs he managed to land 3 assists in 17 games. But his biggest asset was joining the line with Richards and Gaborik to form the Run BMC line (awesome name btw). Prior to Hagelin playing with them, Richards and Gaborik struggle to hit their groove, even played on separate lines for a while. But Hagelin became the glue that held them together. His speed could match Gaborik’s and could set up plays to get the puck to the net.
Without Gaborik starting the season, New York Rangers fans could see a potential drop off in Hagelin’s production. Which would only add fuel to the detractors, but if the Rangers do manage to snag a top goal scorer in the waning days off the off season, Hagelin’s sophomore season could be a chance to build on last season. Could Hagelin be the replacement for Gaborik? Crazier things have happened. Hopefully Hagelin sees this as a chance to step up and impress the New York Rangers with his skills.
Lets Go Rangers!