After recording just 22 points last year, Hagelin surpassed the 30-point threshold this season for the fifth time in his career, finishing with 31 points. Hagelin 's primary asset is his speed, which he uses to aggressively forecheck and create turnovers in the offensive zone. While this won't always show up on the scoresheet, it should allow the winger to consistently put up 30-plus points a year. The question facing the Swede is whether he will be back with the Penguins for the 2018-19 campaign. Hagelin will be under contract with a $4 million cap hit, but has often been the subject of trade rumors -- not to mention general manager Jim Rutherford, who is always open to making moves, was very clear about the team giving a spot to Daniel Sprong on the 23-man roster.
Hagelin logged 16:11 of ice time with two shots on goal in his return to the ice against the Capitals on Thursday. While Hagelin wasn't able to find the back of the net, his insertion into the lineup gave the Pens a significant uptick in speed and work rate. Fantasy owners shouldn't be surprised to see the winger start Game 5 on Evgeni Malkin's line, considering how well the two seemed to compliment each other during the regular season.
Hagelin (upper body) participated in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll return to the lineup for Thursday's Game 4 against the Capitals, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Hagelin will wear a protective shield during Thursday's contest to guard his face, so he's clearly still dealing with the upper-body injury that has held him out of the Penguins' last three games to some extent. The 29-year-old winger, who's notched two goals and three points in six games this postseason, will slot into a bottom-six role for Game 4, skating with Riley Sheahan and Phil Kessel on Pittsburgh's third line.
Hagelin (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 4 clash with Washington, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports. It's certainly an encouraging sign that Hagelin continues to make strides in his recovery, but the fact that he was unable to take contact doesn't seem too positive. The winger's status should be more clear following the game-day skate, although coach Mike Sullivan will no doubt once again call the Swede a game-time call.
Hagelin (upper body) was missing from warmups and won't play Game 3 against the Capitals on Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. After notching two goals and a helper in the opening series against Philly, Hagelin will miss his third straight game in the conference semifinals. The Penguins dropped last game 4-1, and they could surely use a physical edge and aggressive forecheck -- two things Hagelin does well. His next chance to return to the lineup will be Thursday for Game 4.
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