Carl Hagelin is certainly enjoying his latest stint with former club Sodertalje.
The Rangers winger has five goals and six assists in just seven games for the Allsvenskan club this season. Perhaps more telling though, is the team’s on-ice improvement with the speedy winger in tow. Sodertalje have won six of the seven games Hagelin has played in, a run that has seen them push north toward the playoff spots after a slow start to their 2012-13 campaign.
Hagelin has formed a quick bond with Philadelphia Flyers forward Matt Read, a combination that has proved decisive for Sodertalje this season. One of the biggest plus points to Hagelin’s play thus far has been the manner in which he has scored his goals. He’s hit the empty net, fired home from close range, and tallied on the breakaway. He’s getting involved physically too, winning key board battles and taking the body in open ice.
The lockout may not be ideal, but for now Hagelin’s making the best of a bad situation.
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Rangers Trio Named To Swedish Karjala Cup Squad
Carl Hagelin, Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fasth have all been named in Sweden’s squad for the upcoming Karjala Cup tournament today. The full international call-ups are a first for both Hagelin and Lindberg.
The Blueshirts trio have made fine starts to their club seasons in Sweden. Hagelin’s seven-game stint in Sodertajle has revitalised the Allsvenskan club, winners of six of those games. Lindberg and Fasth, meanwhile, have proved standouts in strong starts for Elitserien sides Skelleftea and league- leading HV71.
Sweden’s campaign begins against the Czech Republic in Liberec on November 7.
At the Swedish Newspaper Expressen, Mattias Ek notes that over 6,000 came to see Carl Hagelin’s SSK team yesterday and that Hagelin, a Swedish native, is the main reason why.
He says that Hagelin, being a native of the town and someone who was brought up through the junior system, is part of the reason that he is drawing bigger crowds to SSK games.
He adds, “Carl Hagelin’s speed is needed in Madison Square Garden and it is of course a crucial difference in Sweden’s second highest league. Hagelin has five goals and six assists in seven games, and it goes well for SSK again.”
In an interview in Sweden, Carl Hagelin said that while he enjoys playing in his hometown in Sweden he wants to be back in New York and playing with the Rangers.
Hagelin said that he has been following the situation and checking his email and while he doesn’t have his bags packed for a return trip to NY yet, Hagelin said “I have an eye on what is to be with and to find a plane ticket to New York is not difficult.”
In his first game for his hometown team, SSK, Carl Hagelin picked up two assists.
In an interview with hockeysverige, Hagelin said that playing on a bigger ice surface will help his play, “I can clearly become more aggressive when I play. Already in the next game, I hope that that particular piece will be a little better. – The surfaces you get when the rink is bigger makes you you can get wider the zone which should suit my skating pretty good. I noticed this evening that it was possible and use just that quite well.”
Highlights, with Hagelin’s introduction can be found HERE.
“At first I thought it was the AHL applicable. It was nice that it was not so. You do not want to down there, because you never know if you get stuck. This is for my development too and SSK was the best option.”