While discussing the roster yesterday, John Tortorella remarked that Carl Hagelin is “more planted” and secure on the roster coming into his second.
Hagelin told the Rangers website that being a second-year and having a better understanding of his teammates and his surroundings has given him a boost of confidence coming into this season. Hagelin says that he now feels as if he is part of the team.
In regards to his role on the ice, Tortorella said that he is looking for Hagelin to evolve into more than just a player who can go into corners and retrieve pucks, “we want to see him score. Hags has changed our team since we brought him up, he changed the dynamic of our team and he has done a lot of good work with some of our top guys in chasing down pucks. I just want Hags to believe that he can score goals. This is one of the conversations that we had at the end of last year. He does a lot of good things for us. Hopefully he will kill more penalties for us this year and keep progressing as a player.”
Hagelin scored 14 goals and had 24 assists during the regular season last year. In the playoffs he only had three assists in 17 games.
During the lockout, Hagelin played eight games in Sweden and scored five goals and added six assists.
Carl Hagelin played a total of 27:13 on the PK last season.
Adam Rotter: Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Prust, Derek Stepan, Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko were the six forwards he spent the most total time on the ice killing penalties last season. Boyle, Callahan and Stepan remain, and John Tortorella seems to be hoping that Carl Hagelin can fill one of the open slots. He is responsible defensively and his speed will lead to short handed chances. In terms of scoring more, he will have plenty of chances to rack up points playing, likely, with Brad Richards and Rick Nash.