I have to admit, as a guy who wasn't the biggest Girardi fan in the world, I'm extremely happy for him. He has been tremendous all season and it's nice that he's getting some recognition for it. He deserves to be there.
This! Great to see our guys get some recognition, but Hank and Gabby were so obvious (though well deserved) but this is a huge stamp of recognition for Girardi!
By today's standards, Hagelin is barely a rookie. He's older than the average rookie in today's league, and his level of preparation and NHL readiness, his fundamentals and hockey sense are all far above what the average neophyte starts their career with. His body is also more mature, as compared to a kid like Couturier.