Rangers recall Hagelin, Mitchell from Connecticut (AHL)


From the Rangers:

Forwards Carl Hagelin and John Mitchell Recalled from Connecticut

New York, November 24, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled forwards Carl Hagelin and John Mitchell from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hagelin, 23, tallied the primary assist on the shorthanded, game-tying goal with 1:11 remaining in regulation in Connecticut’s 3-2 overtime win vs. Portland yesterday.  He has registered seven goals and six assists for 13 points, along with six penalty minutes in 17 games this season.  Hagelin is currently tied for first on the team in goals, tied for second in points and tied for fifth in assists.  The AHL rookie also leads the team with a plus-12 rating, and is tied for first on the Whale with one shorthanded goal.  Hagelin is tied for 10th among AHL rookies in scoring and is tied for sixth in goals, while his plus-12 rating is tied for second in the league overall.  Hagelin posted a season-high, five-game point streak from November 4 vs. St. John’s to November 18 vs. Bridgeport (four goals, two assists), including a four-game goal streak during the stretch.

The Sodertalje, Sweden native was originally selected as the Rangers’ sixth round choice, 168th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Mitchell, 26, tallied two assists, including one on the overtime game-winner, in Connecticut’s 3-2 overtime win vs. Portland yesterday.  He has registered seven goals and seven assists for 14 points, along with 20 penalty minutes in 17 games this season.  Mitchell currently leads Connecticut in scoring, is tied for first in goals and tied for second in assists.  He is also tied for second on the Whale in power play goals (two) and tied for third in shots on goal (38).  Mitchell has registered four multi-point performances, including a three-point effort on October 21 vs. Manchester (one goal, two assists).

The Oakville, Ontario native was originally selected as Toronto’s fifth round choice, 158th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.  He was acquired by the Rangers from Toronto in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on February 28, 2011.

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving Carp and Co. I just bought a Le Baron. I think it belonged to Jon Voight!

    Ballsy move calling up Hagelin. I like it. Although now we’re going to have to listen to Tortsisms such as “we’re trying to be very careful with him…..we don’t know what we have in him……we have to be cautious…..I just don’t know what situations he’s going to play….”

  2. “it’s going to be a process. … this is just the start of the process …”

    Is that John Voight the periodontist?

  3. Lmao Carp. Of course now you’ll have to grill him about Hagelin.

    Well Thanksgiving is winding down. Time to get the Festivus pole out of the attic!

  4. Look at it this way….it would be difficult to call this call up an error in judgment, after the brace of games ( laughingly called games), displayed this week. It would be almost an
    almost natural automatic response. Dare I use the phrase,
    “Reflex action” ?

  5. Interesting that Mats Zuccarello was passed up again. Could it really be that hard to clear some cap space (like send EC down) or putting Stahl on LTIR? Questions…questions…

  6. Did someone say Festivus?

    Hagelin’s and Mitchell’s cap hit combined is $1.525M, MZA’s is $1.75M. Not that much difference, so not sure it’s because of cap issues as Gross suggested. Hagelin has speed, Mitchell has some size and, apparently has shown some scoring touch. I suppose Torts thinks that’s what they need. It also means that providing they both play, Torts plans to sit someone beside Devaux.

    Boy, did we eat….

  7. When I first saw Mitchell’s name I thought of JT Miller and was like whaa? how? lol. Like I said I like this move. Not really sure if this was a case of Gernander telling Torts “these are the two guys that should get the nod” or if it’s just a roll of the dice since they’re the top point getters down in CT but If either gets a chance to play more than 4 minutes a game It should be fun to watch.

  8. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Dubinsky who gets a chair in the press box if both play. We’re almost 20 games in it’s time to start shaking things up a little more than they have in an attempt to get a couple of these guys going. As a team they seem to respond and play better when some guys with grit come up. This isn’t exactly one of those moves but I hope it pays off.

  9. Think Zuccarello was combo of cap problem and that he’s not playing great.

    I’d still be shocked if Dubinsky got a seat. Don’t see what that accomplishes.

  10. I’m not FOR sitting him I just wouldn’t be shocked if it were to happen. Im sure there are other candidates in front of him on Torts’ list.

  11. As for Zuc idk what they saw last year that they aren’t seeing this year. If they didn’t like his play without the puck last year I’m sure we woulda known about it. I feel like there may be other concerns. Not a cap space issue though.

  12. Maybe they are thinking Hagelin for the speed of caps Friday and the toughness of Mitchell for Flyers on saturday.

  13. Weren’t Hagelin and Stepan linemates at some point in juniors? Maybe they’ll try him in AA’s place?

  14. And I suspect that those guys are up to take Bel Biv and EC’s spots more than anyone in the top 9.

  15. I thought they had played together in a tournament or something to that effect. Guess I’m mistaking. Mitchell’s a centerman so you’re probably correct in suspecting that EC sits. as for who plays where tomorrow afternoon I’m sure even Torts has no idea yet

  16. I feel the same way about Boyle that I do about Dubinsky. They need to get both of them going. I didn’t think Boyle was gonna score 25 this season but he can’t just regress back to a 4th line center role either.

  17. Fran, thanks for your reply in the prior thread. I’ve been in agreement with your past comments regarding basic skills and simple strategies that this team fails to execute or employ. Namely, passing, shooting and puck possession. I’m growing increasingly dissatisfied with the job Torts is doing.

  18. I don’t feel the same aboot Boyle because I don’t expect him to be a consistent scorer like Dublowsky. He’s a solid 3rd liner that can chip in 15 goals, more or less. I expect more from Dublowsky. He’s been a ghost offensively, whereas, most of the guys who struggled early, have done better.

    He really looks lost out there. It’s the most frustrating part of the season. There’s 82 (83?) games in a season, so there’s no harm in benching him for a game. Sit him against the Craps, and get him back in there the next day. I’d like to see how he responds to that.

  19. Super Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope you guys are enjoying yourselves. Best of luck to our heroes tomorrow. Happy to see Hagelin and Mitchell get the nod. Could add some jam. Who knows. Enjoy the leftovers!

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    I agree with orr, and we should have latona do a write up on it!!

  21. Hagelin and Mitchell. Interesting moves. Wonder who sits tomorrow.

    Everyone ready to work off all those calories at the mall tomorrow? LOL

  22. The team needs a collective kick-in-the-aasen…(except for Hank). I don’t know if these kids can do it, but something needs to happen after the last two horrible game-performances….

  23. Ok,think I ran off all the food and booze,feel better now.
    Almost had an unplanned bathroom break courtesy of a 10point buck chilling by the boardwalk,not sure who was more spooked!

    As for why the Italian kid got passed up,I think fans have a much higher opinion of him than the coaching staff of either the whale,or the Rangers do.his “shortcomings ” are pretty obvious!
    Plus we are getting 2 for the price of one as ilb pointed out.

  24. 2 things i dont get. first and most importantly, why the heck do some people celebrate thanksgiving with the meal at lunch? isnt the whole point of thanksgiving dinner to be at ummmmmm dinner time? and secondly, this MZA situation is getting absurd. i get that most of you are LOLing and stuff like that at Torts hates this guy and that guy, but common, you sign an MVP of a league, granted it’s a swedish league not the NHL, and bury him in the minors?

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    Hags is going to be a good one, and it was nuts for Rangers management to not start the season with him. Hags and Kreider should both be here, helping a weak offense. I say he is up for good.

  26. Heaveho

    Thanks for the observation. I;ve been around a long long time, and
    have followed the Rangers since the late 1940’s and have noted a number of changes in the game since then.

    Those were the days of players like
    “Prince” Charley Raynor the goalie with the thousand facial scars ( Pre mask days) Nick Mickoski, Edgar Laprade, Don “Bones” Raleigh, and Frank Eddols, and Fred Shero.
    When the practice of slamming a guy into the boards meant a Boarding penalty, and there was a referee and two linesmen. Fights were fights, not the sleeve grabbing Mazurkas that are so prevalent today. The players came to camp out of shape and played their way into shape, and they would positively not fit into today’s games. Too small, too slow, for the most part, and absolutely underpaid. I don’t have the local insight of most of the Bonesters, so I cannot comment on anything inside like many of these folks do so skillfully. but I have coached teams in CT at the Jr level, but I wasn;t normally a bench coach, I did a lot of basic instructional activity, because I enjoyed watching the young men develop both in their skating and, playing.My son was a superb player starting at Pee wee level in New Haven, and had progressed to the point of having the Minny North Stars offer him an assignment at their Jr team in Oregon the North
    Stars, but he liked to play the game ( led every team he ever played for in scoring), but his passion was the wilderness. He was an avid hunter,
    (still is) has the trophys of Caribou,Moose, Cougars and other wildlife adorning his walls. Goes on the hunt to Arizona, Newfoundland,
    etc. He simply didn’t have the fire in the belly for the game as a career. He’s done OK, has his own businss sells and installs electronic score boards ( just finished with one in Pittsburgh at a school somewhere, married late in life and has a precious little 10 year old daughter who is the apple of Grandpa’s eye. They came down for Txgvng, and I was amazed at how this little one could hold an adult conversation. ( she’s a “ballerina” you see.) I stick my 2 cents in now and then but I don’t get all that serious about it.

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