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01-30-2013, 03:58 PM
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This team would best be served with Hagelin a third line role, and playing a lot on the penalty kill. He's not a refined offensive player, and while his speed creates space, he doesn't have the strength to create the space that Richards or Gaborik need.

But he can score 18-23 goals, give or take, as a third liner, and he is one of the smarter, more responsible players. His dumb penalty last night aside, he's a mostly terrific decision maker and excellent positionally. He can be one of the better role players in this league, and he's a great asset. Not worried about his declining play at the end of last season. He was a rookie playing in a role he wasn't suited for.

He's an important player for this team going forward, and I look forward to seeing what this team looks like in 2-3 years with him, Callahan, and the likes of Fasth and Lindberg on the roster. That's a lot of speed, tenacity, and brain power.

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