After the final buzzer sounds and the players go to their respective locker rooms, there’s a stack of papers waiting for them within minutes. Some players take a sheet, examining the final box score. Others don’t, especially if they feel the game was so tilted in one direction or the other they feel they won’t learn much. Some feel they won’t learn much anyway. File rookie Robert Hagg under that last category. Stats, especially the “advanced” kind that aren’t on the NHL’s scoresheets, aren’t kind to defensemen of his ilk. “I’m not trying to build my game out of stats. I’m trying to help the team win and that’s my main focus,” he said. “If my stats say I’m horse (crap) out there, I don’t really care, honestly. As long as I’m doing the right thing out there and coach is trying to help me improve my game and says I’m moving in the right direction, that’s all that matters to me.” The 22-year-old Swede has made his coach happy. While fellow rookie Travis Sanheim has had ups and downs, Hagg hasn’t waxed and waned quite as much. No. 2 overall pick Nolan Patrick got some compliments from bench boss Dave Hakstol after Tuesday’s practice, but he hasn’t found his stride yet in the NHL. Hagg has been the best of the Flyers first-year players, even if the numbers don’t say it outwardly.
Without much flash, Robert Hagg has been Flyers’ most impressive rookie
Courier-Post | Dec 20