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Carl Hagelin's Slow Start With The Anaheim Ducks

11/16/2015 at 8:19am EST

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Hagelin didn’t play a shift in the final 20 minutes of action as the Ducks went on to a 4-1 loss. A $4 million-a-year winger who was already moved down to the fourth line Friday wasn’t deemed worthy of usage in a comeback attempt that never materialized.

The player that the Ducks got with great fanfare from the New York Rangers at the June draft saw a career-low five minutes and 31 seconds of total ice time.

“Yeah, of course it stings but it’s something I did to myself,” Hagelin said. “I think I was minus-2 at the time in the game. We needed a goal and I haven’t been productive. More important, I haven’t been good enough defensively. Too many minuses.

“That’s not the type of player I am. That’s not the player I’m trying to be. I just got to figure it out. Got to be strong on the puck. Harder on the puck. Harder to play against. Do what I can on the ice.”

The first few weeks of Hagelin’s time with the Ducks have been rough to say the least. The speedy winger was hurt in the preseason and hasn’t found his place with his new team. And the coaching staff has had difficulty finding the right spot for him or simply been unable to.

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