The New York Rangers have done a great job over the last few years of developing their young players. Carl Hagelin is one of the best examples of that.
Hagelin is one of the fastest players in the NHL and shows it on a nightly basis. Over the past year he has become a consistent top six forward for the Rangers. In my mind he is considered one of the most underrated players in the NHL. His speed makes him so dangerous and the rest of his game is coming along as well. He has become one of the better penalty killers on the team, but he didn’t get a lot of time on the power play under John Tortorella. We all remember him saying during the playoffs how Hagelin “stinks” on the power play, but once he returns to the lineup he will most likely be on one of the top two power play units.
There are still a few things Hagelin needs to work on. One of them is consistently putting the puck in the net as he has gone long stretches in the past without scoring. Another one is his shot which is not very powerful. He can easily improve on this just by bulking up a little bit.
Hagelin has come a long way since he came up to the NHL a year and a half ago. He is another example of how speed kills in the NHL, and this is the season he will begin to get national attention for his skills.