Prospect Spotlight: Carl Hagelin
Hagelin was selected by the New York Rangers in the 6th round of the 2007 NHL Draft. After being drafted, Hagelin decided that instead of playing in the Swedish Elite league, he would take his considerable talents to Michigan to play for the Wolverines. As a junior at Michigan this past season, he took the CCHA by storm, tying for 11th in the nation with 50 points and ranking 12th in the nation with 31 assists. Playing all 45 of his team’s games, Hagelin led the Wolverines in numerous statistical categories in 2009-10, including assists (31), points (50), power-play points (18), and shots on goal (170). He was also second on the team in goals with 19 and in plus-minus rating with a plus-20.
In 127 career games with Michigan, he has scored 43 goals and 60 assists for 103 points. His plus-minus rating over that time is a remarkable plus-57.
Hagelin will play for Michigan as a senior this season and has been named by many publications as a legitimate contender for the Hobey Baker Award.
What the scouts are saying:“He’s a high-energy player that is a tremendous skater,” said Rangers amateur scout Larry Bernard, who has watched Hagelin at Michigan ever since the Swede arrived on campus. “Right now he’s scoring a lot of goals, but he’s also a very dangerous penalty killer. I project him at the NHL level to be a third- or fourth-line energy player that will be a tremendous penalty killer and also a threat a man down.”
Hagelin is currently ranked as the Rangers 9th best prospect by Hockey’s Future.