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Ducks acquire Carl Hagelin in three-team trade

The Anaheim Ducks fell one game short of the Stanley Cup Finals last month. Saturday at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the team made several moves to take that next step forward, including acquiring winger Carl Hagelin from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Emerson Etem and the 41st overall selection in the draft (which the Rangers used to select prospect Ryan Gropp).

Hagelin is a speedy forward who is capable of displaying a deft scoring touch. In 266 games over his first four seasons in the NHL, he’s scored 58 goals and dished 72 assists. Maybe more importantly, he’s a veteran of several long, grinding playoff campaigns, playing 73 postseason games over four years, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014. In those 73 playoff games, Hagelin scored 12 goals and 26 total points.

In another trade, the Ducks acquired backup goaltender Anton Khudobin from the Carolina Hurricanes for veteran defenseman James Wisniewski. Wisniewski never found a role with the Ducks after being acquired at the trade deadline, and proved to be a healthy scratch for every playoff game. He came at a heavy cost, with the Ducks having dealt prospect William Karlsson and a second round pick in this year’s draft.

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