2013 NHL Draft Talk Part V: Flyers own the 11th overall pick
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06-26-2013, 10:13 AM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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So... Am I the only one around who really likes Robert Hagg? I know he had a bit of an up and down year, but this guy seems to have all the tools:
Hagg is a really gifted defenseman who progressed as the season went on, going from the junior league to playing in the SEL although his performance was up and down throughout the campaign. Hagg
has a real easiness to his game
. He is a
high-end skater, possessing an effortless stride and quick acceleration
. He appears to glide when he is on the ice, with a high amount of offensive ability. He makes quality rushes, and he
displays great puck movement in every zone
. He is not a flashy puck handler, but he has good subtle hands, with the ability to make open ice maneuvers. He has a
big shot from the point
, and several NHL sources indicate that he frequently relies on that asset. Scouts are divided on Hagg's defensive play. One thinks it is his best asset, while another calls him a very well-rounded player, and yet others say his defense needs work. From my assessment, I do not think he is an exceptional defensive player.
He is quality in his own end, but he does make the odd bad decision here and there
. Still, there is a lot to like about Hagg. He has a
great hockey brain, mobility, and solid physicality
The only knock on him seems to be that he is prone to some defensive lapses. Well, he's a kid. Seems like that's something that can be cured with maturity and coaching. Otherwise, what's not to like?
If Nurse and Risto are both gone by 11, I'm not sure there's any other defenseman I would rather take than Hagg.
The other guy I wouldn't mind seeing them take is Mueller. Seems to have a similar tool set to Hagg.
There's a lot to like about literally every player in the top 30 this year; possibly even the top 45.
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