The toast of the town following the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, Carl 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.
Hagelin (leg) joined a handful of his teammates for an informal on-ice workout Thursday, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports. After a 22-game absence, Hagelin returned to the Pens' lineup for their final three playoffs series despite a partially healed broken leg. Unfortunately, the winger's performance suffered -- he had just two points in 15 appearances -- which no doubt contributed to his benching for four contests. Despite his struggles on the ice, the Swede managed to lock up Pittsburgh's second straight Stanley Cup with an empty-netter in the Game 6 clincher. With a bevy of youngsters looking to make an impact, Hagelin could find himself watching as a healthy scratch periodically, but if he stays healthy, he'll chip in 30 points or so.
Hagelin (leg) will be available for the Golden Knights in Wednesday's expansion draft, TSN reports. Hagelin didn't live up to expectations this season for Pittsburgh, notching just 22 points over 61 games during the regular season. However, he does have a track record of production and playoff experience under his belt. The $4 million cap hit may take some of the shine off his name, but he will still likely be an attractive option up front for Vegas.
Hagelin was able to log 15 postseason contests despite a broken fibula that wasn't fully healed, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. The good news for fantasy owners is that Hagelin will not need offseason surgery in order to get his leg back to 100 percent, so he should be ready to go for the 2017-18 campaign. How the winger fits into coach Mike Sullivan's plans next season remains to be seen, as the 28-year-old was a healthy scratch for a handful of playoff games in favor of some of the Pens' younger talent.
Hagelin scored an empty-net goal in Sunday's Cup-clinching Game 6 win over the Predators. Hagelin only appeared in 15 games this postseason, managing a pair of goals. He was much more productive during the team's playoff run last season, but he still netted a memorable goal this time around. There is so much talent in Pittsburgh that the 28-year-old has been pushed way down the depth chart, failing to reach 30 points in back-to-back seasons. Hagelin can be a decent sniper when he's healthy, but his lackluster play this spring is cause for concern entering 2017-18.
Hagelin will return to the starting lineup Saturday against the Predators. He's served as a healthy scratch for the first two games against Nashville. Hagelin, who will serve as a left winger on a fourth line with Matt Cullen and Patric Hornqvist, has scored one goal in 11 postseason contests.
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