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Chicago Blackhawks Top Six Rookies Of The Year

Nimrit Singh
Pius Suter #24, Chicago Blackhawks, Kevin Lankinen #32 (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Pius Suter #24, Chicago Blackhawks, Kevin Lankinen #32 (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Brandon Hagel #38, Chicago Blackhawks
Brandon Hagel #38, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Eileen T. Meslar-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Phillip Kurashev

Kurashev had a solid rookie season spending a ton of time with the Blackhawks and making a significant impact during his time there.

The 21-year-old finished his rookie season scoring eight goals, recording eight assists, for a total of 16 points in 54 games this past season.

Kurashev`s best game came early on in the season on Jan 31 against the Columbus Blue Jackets recording the first multi-point game of his career with a single goal and assist.

Looking back at the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks found a diamond in the rough in Kurashev as they selected him in the 4th round with the 27th pick (120th overall pick), despite turning out as a first-round draft pick.

3. Brandon Hagel

Hagel played an excellent rookie season with the Blackhawks thanks to his superb playmaking.

The left-winger suited up in 52 games for the Blackhawks scoring nine goals, recording 15 assists, and finishing with 24 points.

Hagel’s most memorable game came against the Nashville Predators on Apr 21, stuffing the stat sheet with one goal and two assists leading the Blackhawks to an overtime win.

To go along with that, Hagel finished the season in the top 10 among all NHL rookies in assists and points.

As Hagel reflects on this past season, during his exit interview he says the next step is to continue to get better and learn from the older guys on this team.

"Im just trying to learn and get better and im still learning from these older guys and get a feel for the league, its not an easy league to play in its not an easy league to get away with little things so theres a ton of things i can work on and get better at over the summer and comming into next year."

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