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01-30-2013, 05:46 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.
I agree the line of Richards is fine but to say he doesent have the strength to create for Richards and Nash is false. He is not big protects pucks and creates space with his speed. He was the reason Richards and Gaborik were able to play together last year because they added him!
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