Carl Hagelin spoke this morning about being selected to his first Olympic games:
- On his thoughts heading into today’s announcement, “I knew in the summer that I was on the roster of 35 that had a chance. I hadn’t spoken to any of the coaches. I know they came to one game and said that it looked good. I was hoping to make it and it’s a huge honor to make Team Sweden.”
- On his development as a player after the Olympics, “It will give me a lot of experience. You get to play with and against the best players in the world so for me this is the first time that I will play with the national team at this level, World Juniors was the last time I played for Sweden. I am excited and will learn a lot from this.”
- On the roster, “Even when we had the orientation, you get to know a lot of the guys. It’s a lot of stars on the team. We have the Sedins, Zetterberg, Backstrom and Hank in net. On D we have Karlsson. It’s a great team and I am looking forward to it.”
Hagelin picked up eight points in his first seven games. He only has 3 points in his last 11.
He has a goal and an assist in his last four games and also went 5 games between points and he only had one point during an eight game stretch.
Hagelin told the Daily News today that he isn’t worried about which line he plays on and that he knows that if he plays better he will get more time.
Alain Vigneault told the Daily News that Hagelin can be effective with his speed but, like the rest of the team, has been a little inconsistent lately. Vigneault added that he is sure Hagelin’s game will come back around and he will help the team.
Adam Rotter: When it comes to scoring, Hagelin scores in bunches and then periodically in-between. Last year he had 11 in 12 February games, he has 20 points in 25 career February games, but his career average is .56 points per game. Hagelin, I think, is more effective on the third line and as PKer than he is playing on the top line consistently. He still gets a chance to chip in offensively in a top-nine role and when he gets hot he can move up and play in a more offensively focused on role. Hagelin’s two-way game, forechecking and speed are what make him an effective player. He can do a lot more to help the team than just score goals.
On MSG, after the win over the Blue Jackets, Joe Micheletti said that Hagelin’s impact has been “huge” and that he is surprised at how well Hagelin is playing after missing the start of the year and not having much practice time.
According to Extra Skater, six of Hagelin’s seven points are primary points and that he has been on the ice for 94 Rangers shot attempts for and 67 shot attempts against.
Hagelin has also been on the ice, at 5 on 5, for 53 Rangers shots on goal for and 37 against. 47.8% of his shifts start in the offensive zone, 33.3% start in the neutral zone and 18.8% start in the defensive zone.
Hagelin played 4:09 in the first period, 6:01 in the second period and 7:05 in the third period with 1:45 on the PK.
He assisted on the game winning goal, had one shot attempt (missed), 1 hit, one giveaway, one takeaway and one blocked shot. He also took two slashing penalties.
According to Extra Skater, at even strength Hagelin was on for 10 shot attempts for, 11 against and 5 shots on goal for and 3 against.
On MSG, Hagelin told John Giannone that he felt good, his conditioning was fine, he had his legs but that there were small details that he struggled with. He added that those struggles are expected for a first game of the season after injury.
Richards said on MSG that Hagelin brings another dimension to the Rangers with his speed and Chris Kreider said “whenever you get a player like Carl on the lineup everyone is excited. He is such a jitterbug and is flying around.”
Alain Vigneault said that the team was happy with how Hagelin played in his first game of the season and John Giannone said that Hagelin got some congratulations from Glen Sather after the game.
In a chat with the Rangers website, Carl Hagelin said that he is ready to go and just waiting on word from the coaches on whether he will be in the lineup against the Islanders.
He said, “right now we are five guys skating on the ice with Benoit Allaire and he said that we should all be ready to take warmup tonight. That is the latest that I have heard.”
Hagelin said that it’s a special feeling knowing that he could return to the lineup tonight and said:
- “I expect to be in good condition, stronger than last year, and getting into the habits on the ice and not thinking too much. Not thinking where to be, it takes a few games to get back to doing what you are good at.”
- On wanting to make a difference, “that is what I am thinking before the game, I want to make a difference on the PK, scoring a goal or being a good team player. Every night I try to do my job and if I play tonight I will play my game, create offense and force turnovers.”