Carl Hagelin is like Game of Thrones. Compelling stuff, but woof on that finish.
|14.1||time on ice per game|
|50.2||5-on-5 shot-attempt percentage, adjusted|
|53.1||5-on-5 expected goal percentage, adjusted|
|53.6||5-on-5 goal percentage, adjusted|
About this visualization: This series of charts made by Micah Blake McCurdy of hockeyviz.com shows lots of information for the player over the season. A short description of each chart:
About this visualization: At three times during the season (end of January, end of March, and end of May), RMNB shared an open survey with fans, asking the following question for each player:
On a scale from 1 to 5, how HAPPY are you to have this player on the team?
1 means VERY UNHAPPY TO HAVE THEM ON THE TEAM
2 means UNHAPPY
3 means NEITHER HAPPY NOR UNHAPPY
4 means HAPPY
5 means VERY HAPPY TO HAVE THEM ON THE TEAM
The numbers above show the average score for the player in each survey period.
Carl Hagelin shot 7.1 percent which is only slightly below his career average. If you — like me — get frustrated when he has a gorgeous breakaway chance that he can’t convert, well, that’s just an “us” problem for having janky expectations. This is simply the player Hagelin is, and within that constraint he is marvelous.
I’ll admit I’m a bit disappointed that Peter Laviolette settled Hagelin into fourth line duty exclusively, as his speed and play-making — err, let’s call it play-starting — are way above that of a grinder. Hathaway helped the fourth line in that respect as well, but I suspect Hagelin was the primary pusher of all those fun-but-fruitless rush chances they got. And with tons of respect to Hathaway and Dowd, I’d rather see forwards with more scoring talent get those looks, and I’d rather forwards with more puck possession struggles get Hagelin’s services.
Imagine a world in which Hagelin works to get the puck in the defensive zone, then helps the breakout along through neutral, and then instead of flubbing a shot he has an Oshie or Kuznetsov or even an Ovechkin to pass to, and that guy sinks it. It would be a lift in driving play for lines that need it, and plus I know I’d personally do a lot less swearing at the TV in that world.
when carl hagelin got his jab he had to warn the nurse that he’s allergic to scoring
— RMNB (@russianmachine) April 7, 2021
haha Hagelin had a scoring chance
whatever you say
— RMNB (@russianmachine) February 17, 2021
do any expected goals models take Carl Hagelin into account
— RMNB (@russianmachine) January 20, 2021
Why even pass to Carl Hagelin
That’s like when Tony Gillingham courted Lady Mary
It’s like c’mon brah
it’s not gonna happen
— RMNB (@russianmachine) January 16, 2021
Are you okay with it if Hagelin never becomes an elite finisher? Do you think his role above that of the fourth line?
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