Swedish-born Carl Hagelin spent three seasons playing in the Swedish Junior Elite league, first in the under 18s and then in the U20s.
2006-07: During the 2006-07 season, he tallied 55 points and a plus-14 rating in regular season 40 games. He continued his production (1 goal, 5 assists) in a 3 playoff game appearances.
2007-08: Hagelin completed his freshman season at University of Michigan eighth in scoring on the Wolverines team. He played in all situations and had three game-winning goals during the regular season. At times inconsistent, Hagelin had a very effective shot, when he looked to use it.
2008-09: Hagelin skated in 42 games for the University of Michigan as a sophomore and was the third-leading scorer for a star-studded Wolverines lineup that featured 13 NHL draftees. Hagelin scored 13 goals with 18 assists and was +19 with 32 PMs. He scored four game-winning goals for Michigan, which won 29 games and was one of the top teams in the country. The Wolverines tied for second in the CCHA, lost to league champion Notre Dame in the CCHA Final and were shocked by upstart Air Force in one of the biggest NCAA tournament upsets ever.
2009-10: Hagelin was the leading scorer for the University of Michigan as a junior and was named to the CCHA's All-Tournament team as the Wolverines captured the CCHA playoff championship. In 45 games he scored 19 goals with 31 assists and was +20 with 34 PMs. Hagelin scored five power play goals and two short-handed goals. After finishing an uncharacteristic seventh in the regular season, Michigan won seven straight post-season games before falling to Miami in an epic double overtime game in the NCAA Midwest Regional Final.
2010-11: Hagelin made his pro debut with the Rangers' AHL affiliate Connecticut after an outstanding senior season at Michigan. Hagelin appeared in 5 of 6 games in the Whale's first round playoff loss to Portland and scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -1 with 4 PMs. Prior to joining the Whale he played 44 games for Michigan and scored 18 goals with 31 assists. Hagelin had a +21 plus/minus on a Wolverines team that won the CCHA regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four Final against Minnesota-Duluth. Hagelin signed an entry-level, three-year contract with the Rangers in April 2011.
2011-12: Hagelin burst onto the scene for the Rangers after being recalled from AHL Connecticut at the end of November – registering points in his first four NHL games. He was one of the league's top rookie scorers — scoring 14 goals with 24 assists in 64 games. His plus-21 plus/minus was the second best mark on the Rangers (defenseman Ryan McDonagh was plus-25). In 17 playoff games he had 3 assists and was minus-three with 17 penalty minutes. With the Whale prior to his call-up he scored 7 goals with 6 assists in 17 games and was plus-12 with 6 penalty minutes.
Hagelin is a two-way forward, with very good speed and an effective shot. A very smart winger, he can take face-offs and has good leadership qualities.