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Get to Know a Ranger: Carl Hagelin

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For part of our preview of the Penguins vs. New York Rangers series, we profile a couple of important but perhaps lesser known players that may be the difference between winning and losing.

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Name: Carl Hagelin

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 176 lbs.

Born: August 23rd, 1988 (25 years old)

Drafted: 6th Round (168th overall), 2007

2013-14 stat line: 72 games played, 17 goals, 16 assists, 44 penalty minutes, +8 (+/-)

2013-14 stats vs Penguins: 4 GP, 1G, 1A, 6 PIM, Even (+/-)

2013-14 5v5 Advanced Stats: 54.5 CF%, +2.5% Corsi Relative, 99.6 PDO

Player detail (via The Hockey News Player Page)

Assets: Owns tremendous speed, especially on the outside of defenders. Also has excellent offensive instincts, as well as a defensive conscience. Also displays a feisty side that is infectious. Can play either wing position, too.
Flaws: Doesn't have ideal size for the National Hockey League game, so he must continue getting physically stronger to better handle big defenders. Tends to run hot and cold in the scoring department, so he needs to overcome that.
Career Potential: Speedy two-way winger with some upside.

2013-14 New York Rangers player usage, via Extra Skater

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Analysis: Possession numbers are good, on a very good possession team like the Rangers. Looking at what many expected to be a transition year for the Rangers under Alain Vigneault, Hagelin scored 17 goals in 72 games.

Most common linemates: Spent a majority of the year playing with Brad Richards and the recently departed Ryan Callahan. Richards had a reinvigorated season and with a guy like that centering your line, you need to get yourself open and in scoring positions.

Why you should know who he is: He is a small guy, but really quick, and really good hands. Sneaky good, in a way. Could see him scoring some big goals for the Rangers.

How the Pens can stop him: With a fast and skilled guy, gap control is the ultimate key. If the Pens defensemen can keep their gap on Hagelin, you really limit his chances to use his skill to beat you. Staying physical on a much smaller guy is also very important.