Whale head coach Ken Gernander said this about Hagelin...
"You could tell that he was in great shape as far as his conditioning goes, and his skating and his conditioning will allow him to play at a very high level," Gernander said. ". ... His defensive game is very strong. He knows that that's his forte, and I think he's a player that likes to play a defensive game. Some guys will do just enough to allow them to get ice time and play offensively, but I think he kind of relishes the role of being a two-way player. ... Each game that we had him, I got more and more comfortable using him," Gernander recalled. "With an expanded role, I think he had more and more success."
Here's Haglin on what to expect from him at training camp this year...
"I think my goal is just to come in with an open mind and be ready for whatever happens," he said of training camp. "My goal this summer is just to do everything I can to be prepared and to show the coaches that I want to get up in the NHL one of these days. I think for me, I just have to do my best to skate a lot and do my best defensively, and hopefully, I will get that shot."
...obviously there is a lot of hype for prospects such as Kreider, Thomas and McIlrath, but Hagelin is the guy I am the most excited about. He is very similar to Stepan in that he is a hard working two-way player that I think has a great chance to make the roster out of camp this year.
Kevin, Hagelin faced Stepan in college and showed he was his equal as a skater.
Defensively it is no contest as Hagelin was the CCHA best defensive forward.
Stepan is the better playmaker but if I need a goal with the game on the line then I put out Hagelin.
I really want to see the two together on the ice as they are both smart players who are smart with or without the puck.
Really think NYR fans will love Hagelin and think he has legit chance to earn roster spot in TC
@TheProspectpark haha hey Kevin this deserves at least a +1 or 2
@TheProspectpark Love hearing that Jess. Thanks!!!