Hagelin was 23 last year, having completed 4 years of College and a few months in the A.
MCL is 20. I don't want to rush him, and ruin him. I'd rather he plays 1st pairing minutes in the A and learns how to defend.
But you are right. Nothing is worse than Stu Bickel.
That's the thing, though. I'd have no problem with him honing his D game in the AHL if he was playing like McD was before he got called up...but if he's not as good as Bickel right now I don't see him ever being good enough to be more than a 3rd pairing guy.
It probably has to do with Giroux being drafted in 2006, and Tarasenko much more recently in 2010. So while we have come to terms with Giroux emerging as one of the top talents in the league, this is the first time we are seeing Tarasenko.