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01-31-2013, 12:03 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
Originally Posted by
Bleed Ranger Blue
Hagelin hasnt scored a goal in something like his last 34 NHL games.
I said it before and Ill say it again, I think a lot of the projections that he could be a consistent top 6 player were off base. I think hes starting to settle into a 3rd liners role. Speed, forecheck, well-schooled and defensively responsible. I dont think he has much of an offensive game.
I think he does a tremendous job of setting up other players. he causes turnovers, he gets pucks to where they need to go, and its up to the other players around him to put the pucks in the net. if youre playign with Boyle and Rupp or something, youre not going to get many points that way.
Regarding goal scoring. I think the jury is out, but im leaning towards semi agreeing with you, and semi disagreeing.
I think ideally he's suited for a 3rd line role if put with the right players, for example, if you could put together a trio of say Hagelin, Miller, and Callahan....3 guys who can play both sides of the puck, who can forecheck, etc. he could be extremely effective. put him with no thumb bums...and...well
the part i disagree though is that, i think Hagelin is the kinda guy you can put on a top line, and he wouldn't look out of place. Put him with a Richards and Gaborik, and he'll still be an effective player and compliment the 2 skilled guys by doing the dirty work. Kinda like the way Pascal Dupuis floats all over the lineup. He puts up so many points playing with Crosby, but they can also throw him out there on a 3rd or 4th line and he's still productive.
I think Hagelin can be our Dupuis...
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