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03-07-2011, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post

Dale Weise and Carl Hagelin are the SAME age. Weise is close to a PPG in the AHL and has played 2 seasons as a pro. He is 3 inches taller and a more gritty player overall. If Weise were in college hockey this season he would be dominating just like Hagelin. Why does Carl get all the love and Weise is considered a scrub? Doesnt make any sense.
What's the basis for comparing the 2 players though? Point production? We've seen lots of players do well in the AHL and then their game doesn't translate well to NHL (Parenteau, Dawes, Immonen, etc)... Ranger fans have gotten a look at Weise, and there wasn't much reason to be optimistic about his game.... Could play a 4th line role at some point but that's about it...

Hagelin doesn't project to be a 4th line player in the NHL... I could see him as an excellent 3rd line player on a team with good depth... He's a bonafide leader and big game player for UofM:

Hagelin hasn't been merely a scorer, he's been the scorer.

Using his top-level speed on Michigan's top line, Hagelin has been a one-man blitzkrieg on ice. He has held two separate five-game point streaks this season. But more impressively, Hagelin has consistently put together multiple point games.

Hagelin leads the CCHA with four game-winning goals and currently sits fourth in total scoring
. But the Sodertalje, Sweden native will admit he’s gotten his fair share of luck around the net.

There's a lot to like about Hagelin's game... His speed, his 2-way play, his conditioning & work ethic, his ability to get pucks to the net, his ability to make his linemates better, his leadership attributes, etc...

If the Rangers don't bring Fedotenko back... There could be an opening on our 3rd line for a player like Hagelin to make the team.

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