Chicago Blackhawks Grades: Brandon Hagel 2021 Report Card

Brandon Hagel #38, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Eileen T. Meslar-USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Hagel #38, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Eileen T. Meslar-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Blackhawks are lucky to have Brandon Hagel on their team. This was his first season in the NHL and he already has made an imprint on the roster.

The Blackhawks last season was not great at times. While the team was finding its way, they lost a few games they should have won along the way. The franchise did miss out on the playoffs for the third time in four seasons, and even that one season was a little iffy considering it involved the qualifiers.

Now there was one big bright spot from last season. Brandon Hagel was fun to watch, and he earned the right to be on the Blackhawks to this day. While there are more skilled young players on the roster, none are as NHL ready as Hagel who seems to outwork his opponents every shift to try and score some goals.

Brandon Hagel hopefully has a bright future ahead with the Blackhawks, and let’s talk all about it after breaking down his stats.

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Brandon Hagel Stats Breakdown:

Games Played: 52

Goals – 9

Assists – 15

Points – 24

Corsi – 45.7

Offensive Zone Starts: 40.2

Defensive Zone Starts: 59.8

Season Grade: A

Bigger Picture:

After missing the first few games, Hagel was put into the lineup. And Jeremy Colliton struggled to find an opportunity to take him out after that. Hagel had a spark a lot of players on this team just did not have this past season and considering he is only 22 years old the best definitely is ahead of him. It will be interesting to see where young Brandon Hagel ends up next season. Will Chicago take a chance on him in the top six, or will his year be spent more in the bottom six?

Next Season:

While there are some players that are going to be better off spending some time in the AHL next season, Hagel is not one of them. His game quickly translated to the NHL and he proved that he belongs on the ice with the best of the best. While Hagel might not be as skilled as some players he is a very determined gifted player.

"Predicting the next contracts for the Chicago Blackhawks upcoming free agents"

One thing we can not ignore talking about when mentioning Hagel is the fact that he does not have a contract as of yet. I would expect the team to give him a three of four-year deal at around a million or two dollars. The longer the better considering once the pandemic flat cap ends, players like Hagel might be getting big pay raises a few years down the line.