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Draft Profile: Robert Hagg

Thursday, 27.06.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Draft Profile: Robert Hagg

The term ‘effortless’ comes to mind when evaluating the game of Modo defenceman Robert Hagg.

At 6-foot-2, 204 pounds, Hagg has a good frame to work with and brings a little bit of everything to the table from the blueline. In his time with the Modo junior squad he brought a strong offensive presence, recording 24 points in 28 games, and was named the league’s best defenceman. He saw that production tail off quite a bit when he joined the big club, however, as he recorded a single assist in 27 games in the SEL. He also captured a silver medal with Team Sweden at the World Juniors where he earned a key shutdown role after being a late addition to the squad.

There is plenty of debate as to what Hagg’s best asset is in his game. He is a fluid, strong skater who can move the puck with ease. He passes the puck well from any situation. He has a big shot from the point -- as evidenced by his 11 goals with Modo’s junior squad this season -- and has no qualms about using it. He has also been a leader at every level he has played at, wearing a ‘C’ for Modo’s U20 squad and an ‘A’ for Sweden at the U18 level.

The primary knock on Hagg’s game is his consistency. While he does everything well, he can lapse into stretches where he gets careless on the ice and makes corresponding mistakes. Much of this ties into his maturity level, which has been called into question before. The hope is that he’ll become more focused as he gets older and plays with players more advanced and experienced than he is.

Hagg’s game has something to offer every team looking for a defenceman in this draft. His skillset is very versatile and translates to every facet of the game. He is a very capable player -- it’s simply a matter of getting it out of him on a nightly basis. He should blossom into a strong two-way defenceman as he develops.

Expect Hagg to be selected in the middle of round one.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06