Carl Hagelin has not played a game for the Washington Capitals since February 28. The fourth line winger suffered a severe left eye injury the next day during the final drill at practice. Hagelin had surgery and has remained out indefinitely.
Nearly three weeks later, Hagelin made his official return to the public on March 26. The Swedish forward, dressed in a suit, could be seen on the Capitals bench during the Capitals’ N1KY pregame ceremony for Nicklas Backstrom. The veteran of 11 NHL seasons was not wearing an eye patch.