With New York Rangers‘ forward Carl Hagelin signing a two-year contract extension worth $4.5 million this summer to stay in New York City, the once restricted free agent has to step up big in the 2013-14 season in order to solidify a spot with this franchise now and in future years.
Since coming up with the Rangers, Hagelin has showcased his talents to us fans, especially his gifted skating ability, as he is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL. But unfortunately, while great speed on the ice can lead to many scoring chances, Hagelin has failed to maintain consistency and finish.
Yes, Hagelin is only 24 years-old and has only been at the NHL level for two seasons, but if he wants to be a top 6 forward for the Rangers, then he will have to prove that this season because a big part of being a top 6 forward in the NHL is consistency. Consistently good, I might add.
Like I said before, Hagelin has many great offensive skills. In his only two years in the NHL with the Rangers, however, he was previously in a more defensive style of play under former head coach John Tortorella. But now with a brand new coach in Alain Vigneault, whose strategy contains a more offensive style of play, Hagelin needs to put it all together and shine in 2013-14.
This upcoming season will be a great test to see just how good Hagelin can be and if one day he would be worth more than his new contract entails.