New York Rangers rookie left winger Carl Hagelin narrowly defeated Ottawa's Colin Greening in the finals of the Fastest Skater event of the 2012 NHL Skill Competition on Saturday.
Hagelin, a member of Team Alfredsson, was the fastest skater in the qualifying round with a time of 12.963 seconds, just .03 seconds better than Greening. The two squared off in the finals of the event, and again Hagelin bested Greening with a time of 13.218 seconds to Greening's 13.303.
The 23-year-old Hagelin was one of 12 rookies invited to the All Star festivities, and he'll skate for Team Alfredsoon when the puck drops Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Originally a 2007 sixth-round pick by New York, Hagelin has 16 points in his inaugural NHL campaign, and the Rangers lead the Eastern Conference with 66 points.