Carl Hagelin on the different style Caps fans can expect

Chris Lingebach
October 04, 2019 - 7:00 pm

Carl Hagelin, who joined the Capitals in time for their muted playoff run last season, says fans can expect some different looks from the team during their 2019-20 campaign.

Hagelin, 31, embarks on his first full season in Washington since signing a four-year, $11 million contract extension to remain with the team this offseason. He joins 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier each Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. during the season, presented by F.H. Furr, and was asked this week what's going to be different about this year's squad.

"Oh, I think we're gonna be more of a skating team," Hagelin said. "We're not gonna just set up in a formation. I think we want to go after teams. We want to put so much pressure on the other team that they have to make mistakes or just throw the puck away."

"So I think it starts there," he said. "And I think in our own end, we want to make sure all five guys come back 'into the house,' as we call it, and protect the middle of the ice. We're a team that needs to pay attention to all of those details, but I think it starts with just being more of a skating team."

The Capitals, in their season-opener on Wednesday, came from behind for a 3-2 overtime win over the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, so they're off to the right start.

Asked what his specific role will be, Hagelin said, "Well I think my goal is to keep playing the same way I have here in my eight-year career in the NHL."

"Like you said, I'm trying to do a lot of everything, I guess," he went on. "I'm trying to be a winger that brings energy every night. Obviously with us trying to play a speed game, it's my job to show up every night and set the pace a lot of times. And then PK's a big part as well. We want to be better on special teams and that's a big part of my game.

"And then just being a reliable two-way forward. Put points up when we need to and play well defensively. So kind of like you said – all-around player and try to be used in different situations."

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