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2020-21 Rink Wrap: Carl Hagelin

From Backstrom to Wilson, we’re taking a look at and grading the 2020-21 season for every player who laced ‘em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2021-22. Next up, Carl Hagelin.

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

The Stats:

Regular Season


The Charts:

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The Key Stat: Hagelin proved to be Washington’s go-to option on the penalty kill and led all forwards in shorthanded ice time per game, logging an average of 3:04 minutes with Washington down a man.

The Good: Hagelin played a solid game in his own end and added speed and grit to the Caps’ outstanding fourth line, complementing Dowd and Hathaway well. He also proved solid in his own end with an 82.5 percent defensive zone start percentage and 3:04 shorthanded TOI, while also taking good care of the puck and avoiding too many mistakes and turnovers.

The Bad: Cold streaks and inconsistency got the best of Hagelin, and he struggled to find a spark on the forecheck despite ending the year with 85 shots on goal.

The Video:

The Discussion: Hagelin’s under contract with Washington for two more years and is one of the team’s top two-way forwards, while also serving as a leader on the PK. While he does go hard to the net, he couldn't produce much this year. Still, he was able to come in clutch a few times, and given his ability in his own end, role with the team and chemistry on the fourth line, how much does that really weigh on the team? And what would it take for you to give Hagelin a 10 next season?

The Other Hagelin Season Reviews: Coming soon!

The Vote: Rate Carl Hagelin below on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season - if he had the best year you could have imagined him having, give him a 10; if he more or less played as you expected he would, give him a 5 or a 6; if he had the worst year you could have imagined him having, give him a 1.


How do you rate Carl Hagelin’s 2020-21 season?

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