Hagelin roofed a glove-side backhander for his first goal in a Pittsburgh sweater Monday. Linemate Phil Kessel sprung Hagelin for the breakaway score, a first-period goal which stood up as the game-winner. The goal had to feel good, coming against the team which traded him less than one month ago. The speedy forward has six points (1G, 5A) in nine games for Pittsburgh.
Hagelin picked up an assist for the fourth consecutive game Tuesday, helping out on Phil Kessel's goal in a 2-0 win over the Devils. In five games since coming to Pittsburgh, Hagelin's managed to assist on two Kessel goals, one by Sidney Crosby and one by Evgeni Malkin. With blazing speed that can open up the ice for those star scorers, he's been a big hit in his new digs so far, and he's playing huge minutes accordingly. He's still not seeing much time on the power play, though, as Hagelin is one of the league's most effective penalty killers.
Hagelin assisted on Phil Kessel's second goal of Thursday's 4-3 win over Philadelphia. He also put five shots of his own on net. That's two helpers in three games for Hagelin as a Penguin, and even more enticingly, he's been firing pucks on net with unusual frequency -- 12 of them in that span, a rate well above any he's posted in his career. After helping out on an Evgeni Malkin goal Sunday, he showed good chemistry with Kessel in this one. There's some fantasy appeal here even though Hagelin's offensive skill set is almost entirely comprised of his explosive skating ability.
Hagelin earned his first assist with the Pens on Monday, setting up linemate Evgeni Malkin for his 20th goal of the season. He's settling into his role as one of Malkin's linemates, along with Phil Kessel. Hagelin really doesn't have too much pressure to contribute, given that the primary player he was traded for, David Perron, struggled lighting the lamp in Pittsburgh. The Pens' schedule is heavy with Eastern Conference teams the rest of the way -- Monday was the last time the team travels out of the Eastern time zone -- and Hagelin figures to benefit from the familiarity of playing against Metropolitan teams like he did when he was with the Rangers.
Hagelin skated 13:15 in his Penguins debut Sunday, finishing with four shots on goal, two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in a win over Carolina. He spent time skating with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, but the Penguins didn't deploy Hagelin on the power play, where his linemates are heavily featured. Although there's better talent surrounding the lightning-fast winger now, meaning he should see an uptick in production, it doesn't look like the Penguins have Hags ticketed for a big role to start out.
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