Carl Hagelin

Carl Hagelin

33-Year-Old Left WingLW
Washington Capitals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Hagelin is one of the league's fastest players and an excellent penalty killer, but those two traits have never led to much offensive production. Hagelin has never scored more than 17 goals (twice) in any one season, and his high-water mark since leaving the Rangers back in 2015-16 is just 14 goals. Oddly enough, 14 goals is his exact total over the past two years combined. Hagelin has two power-play points in his entire career and offers virtually no help in secondary categories such as hits and blocks. The 33-year-old Swede will continue to help the Capitals win hockey games, but fantasy managers in all formats should look elsewhere. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $11 million contract with the Capitals in June of 2019.
Quiet in return
LWWashington Capitals
January 16, 2022
Hagelin finished with two shots in a 4-2 loss to the Canucks on Sunday.
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Hagelin had missed the previous two games under COVID-19 protocols before returning Sunday. The 33-year-old has just two points and 15 shots over his last 10 games.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:09
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:50
 
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Short-Handed
2019–20
14:19
0:01
2:55
2020–21
14:06
0:03
2:34
2021–22
14:09
0:02
1:50
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Hagelin bounced back with 25 points and 107 shots on goal in 58 games with the Capitals last year. Three of his points were of the shorthanded variety, marking his best year of production while a man down. The still-speedy Hagelin figures to fill a third-line role again in 2020-21, and he should be considered a near-lock for 20 points even in a shortened campaign. His days of consistently reaching the 30-point mark are all but done, but the 32-year-old winger could still be worth a look in deeper fantasy formats.
For a speedy, defensively-adept winger, Hagelin struggled mightily to stay put in 2018-19 and was traded to the Kings from Pittsburgh just 16 games into the season. In desperate of reinforcing their penalty killing, the Capitals acquired Hagelin from the Kings prior to the trade deadline, and the Swedish winger acclimated well to his new home, posting three goals and 11 points in 20 games. The two-time Stanley Cup champion was well-regarded enough by the Capitals to be re-signed to a four-year extension, but the 30-year-old winger is likely better suited for a bottom-six role at this stage of his career, which diminished his fantasy stock.
Hagelin is a solid depth scorer for Pittsburgh -- he recorded his fifth 30-plus point campaign last season -- but you won't hear many Penguins fans singing his praises due to the speedster's cost-prohibitive $4 million cap hit. Contract situation aside, the Swede is willing to go into the dirty areas, win puck battles and force opposing defenders into making mistakes -- traits that won't necessarily show up on the scoresheet. Even if he is playing on the third line away from Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, the two-way winger should be capable of cracking the 30-point threshold a sixth time.
The toast of the town following the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, Hagelin was limited to just two points during last season’s playoff run, though the Swedish flanker saved face with an empty-net, Cup-winning dagger versus the Predators in Game 6. Injuries conspired with Hagelin’s propensity for warming the bench to cap him at 61 games in 2016-17, and he barely moved the fantasy needle with six goals and 16 assists over that time. Since the fleet-footed skater is on the books at a pricey $4 million annually for the next two years, the Penguins need to figure out how he can coexist with burgeoning talents such as Carter Rowney, Josh Archibald and Jake Guentzel. Hagelin has never eclipsed the 40-point mark in his career, and there’s certainly no reason to expect a random offensive outburst in the coming season. However, coach Mike Sullivan will surely lean on him as a penalty killer once again.
Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford ended Hagelin’s California nightmare when he acquired the speedy winger from the Ducks in exchange for David Perron and Adam Clendening on January 16 – a move that undoubtedly helped the Pens to a fourth Stanley Cup. Hagelin tallied 10 goals and added 17 helpers in 37 games after his arrival from Anaheim. He also potted six game-winning goals, the most by a midseason acquisition in franchise history. The Swedish winger ended up with a number of career highs thanks to the trade – 39 points, 84 hits and a 57.3 Corsi For percentage. An integral part of the HBK line with Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel, Hagelin has three years remaining on a four-year, $16 million deal. His dynamic forechecking ability sets him apart from other forwards, but he could also be good for 40 points or so in the coming season.
Hagelin came over to the Ducks in an offseason trade after recording 17 goals and 18 assists while playing in all 82 games for the Rangers in 2014-15. The speedy winger’s role in Anaheim will probably resemble the one he had on Broadway; he should provide secondary scoring from the second or third line while seeing plenty of time on the penalty kill. As his former coach John Tortorella once famously let the world know, Hagelin “stinks on the power play,” but his well-rounded five-on-five game and presence on one of the league's stronger teams suggests he’ll be enough of an asset in the plus/minus category to make up for his ineptitude with the man advantage. Hagelin is a plus-57 in four NHL seasons, and should be expected to contribute north of 30 points and 40 PIM after doing so in each of his last two campaigns.
Aside from his middling 33 points (17 goals) in 72 games last season, Hagelin finished second on the Rangers with five game-winning tallies. Now poised to claim a role on one of the team's top two lines, likely alongside Derick Brassard and Martin St. Louis, Hagelin may have a chance at breaking 50-point barrier this season if health permits. For now, the former University of Michigan star will likely remain a mid-to-late round pick in most standard leagues.
Despite spending most of the season on the Rangers most productive line with Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan, Hagelin had a roller coaster campaign in 2012-13. After being shutout in the first seven games, Hagelin developed a knack for being in the right place at the right time, notching 14 goals in his next 18 games. Although he played in all 48 games and ranked fifth (10 goals, 14 assists) in team scoring, the speedster's offense was spotty throughout the remainder of the season and playoffs. Regardless, the brass decided to reward the Swede with a two-year, $4.5 million contract extension. Coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, the third year winger could be poised for a much more consistent season, if new head coach Alain Vigneault pairs Hagelin with Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan again. More valuable in keeper leagues, he's a late-rounder and a gamble for annual re-draft leagues.
Hagelin posted a very strong rookie season as he tallied 14 goals and 24 assists in only 64 regular-season games to go with a plus-21 rating and two shorthanded tallies. Hagelin is an excellent skater, but it remains to be seen how the Rick Nash acquisition will impact Hagelin, who displayed great chemistry with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, but he will almost certainly be a fixture on one of the Blueshirts' top two lines. The 23-year old Swede likely won't be on as many fantasy owners' radars as he should be, and could represent great sleeper value in the mid-to-late rounds of drafts.
At age 23, Hagelin, who graduated from the University of Michigan, has been a steady developing Rangers prospect who could be ready to push for a roster spot. In all likelihood, though, he'll start the year in the minors.
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Clears COVID-19 protocols
LWWashington Capitals
January 16, 2022
Hagelin exited the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Sunday, per JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington.
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Enters COVID-19 protocols
LWWashington Capitals
Covid-19
January 10, 2022
Hagelin was placed on the COVID-19 protocols list Monday.
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Rare multi-point night in win
LWWashington Capitals
December 29, 2021
Hagelin scored an empty-net goal and added an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Predators.
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Ready to rock
LWWashington Capitals
December 10, 2021
Hagelin (illness) took part in Friday's morning skate and will play against the Penguins, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
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Tests negative for COVID-19
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Illness
December 9, 2021
Hagelin (illness) returned a negative COVID-19 test Thursday, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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