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Better Know a Penguin: Carl Hagelin

He's got the best flow in the league, and speed that could cause problems for the San Jose Sharks.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Carl Hagelin is much more than a great head of hair. A longtime thorn in the Penguins' side as a member of the New York Rangers, Hagelin now comprises one third of the formidable "HBK" line, alongside Phil Kessel and Nick Bonino.

Like Kessel, Hagelin is a tremendous skater, and one of the fastest players in the league. He set a since-broken record in the fastest skater competition in the 2012 All-Star Game. He's also a solid possession player, as his team has had the puck more at even strength with him on the ice more than when he's off of it in just about every year of his career. Hagelin is not as prolific of a scorer as Kessel and doesn't have as many points as Bonino, all but one of his 12 points this postseason have come at even strength. He doesn't get much power play time, but is relied upon as a penalty killer, ranking fourth on the Penguins in shorthanded ice time.

Name: Carl Hagelin

Number/Position: #62 / Left Wing

Born: August 23, 1988

Birthplace: Sodertalje, Sweden

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 186

Shoots: Left

Drafted: 6th round (168th overall) by NY Rangers in 2007

Assets

Owns tremendous speed, especially on the outside of defenders. Also has excellent defensive instincts, as well as streaky offensive ability. Can be an impactful forward on the penalty kill.

Flaws

Doesn't have ideal size for the National Hockey League game, so he must continue getting physically stronger to better handle big defenders. Tends to run hot and cold in the scoring department.

Career Potential

Speedy, inconsistent two-way winger.

(Assets, Flaws and Career Potential via The Hockey News player page)

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