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Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers
Up until Wednesday, I had Marian Gaborik picked as the favorite in this event. Now that Carl Hagelin has been added as a rookie, he is the favorite for this event in my eyes.
Hagelin is probably the fastest player in the NHL. He plays on the same line as the previous fastest player in hockey, Marian Gaborik, but has shown that he is too fast for even Gaborik at times.
As a fan, I hope the two are on different teams so they can square off. If I was a betting man, Carl Hagelin will end up on Team Alfredsson with fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist.
Honorable Mention: Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
Gaborik has competed in and won the fastest skater portion of the skills competition before, so he should have an upper hand against some of the competition. He now becomes an honorable mention with the emergence of his teammate Hagelin.
Gaborik is widely considered to be the fastest skater in the NHL. He was even named the fastest skater by a THN poll. In an event where using your legs and speed is key, it is an event made for Gaborik.
Odds are fellow countryman Zdeno Chara will pick Gaborik for his fantasy squad.