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Fantasy Summary

Hagel manages to create chances and always manages to get the puck down low. Needs to develop shot, but there is still a lot of promise with this former sixth round pick.


Observations

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Sept 2020 – Hagel is quickly becoming a favourite amongst Blackhawk fans. While he didn’t see any action during the play-in round against Edmonton or round one of the playoffs against Las Vegas, he was in the bubble for it all. There was a decent amount of chatter online suggesting he should be inserted into the lineup to replace a couple of forwards that were not producing. Look for him to see significant time in the shortened 2020-21 season. Tony Carr

June 2020 – Hagel was honoured twice by the Rockford Icehogs, walking away (virtually) with the teams Rookie of the Year award and being named its MVP. This is the first time in team history both awards have been issued to the same player in the same year. The 2016 fifth-round pick continues to pad his resume. Look for him to make a huge push when the NHL returns. Tony Carr

November 2018 – The Blackhawks have signed Hagel to a three-year entry-level contract. The 20-year-old overager is having a great start to his season in the WHL where he’s scored 12 goals and 28 points in 15 games so far. Hagel became a free agent after the Sabres decided not to offer him a contract within two years of drafting him.  Jokke Nevalainen

October 2018 – The Sabres did not offer a contract to Hagel which meant they lost his rights and Hagel re-entered the draft this past summer. He went through the draft without a selection and is now back in the WHL for his overage season.  Jokke Nevalainen

January 2018 – Following a breakout 2016-17, Hagel hasn’t quite been able to replicate it this season. His numbers are still respectable hovering around the point-per-game mark with seven goals and 16 helpers in 27 games. He’s currently on the shelf with the mysterious ‘upper-body injury’ but is nearing a return. Brad Phillips

April 2017 – Brandon Hagel could be a late round steal for the Sabres. With 71 points in 65 games, Hagel finished 8th among 18-year-olds in the WHL. During the WHL Playoffs, Hagel scored seven goals in seven games, which led the WHL during the first seven games of the postseason. Hagel is also beginning to develop defensively and play a better two-way game. Hagel still has two more years before his WHL career is offically over, but he can easily earn an entry-level contract if he keeps playing at this level. Max Marko

January 2017 – After being drafted by the Sabres in the 6th round in 2016, Brandon Hagel has been having a stellar season after following a promising offseason during camp with the big club. Hagel is having a breakout post draft season much like fellow Sabres prospect Giorgio Estephan. Creating offense and working with his teammates on the ice, Hagel has been able to match his season point total (47) of last year in almost half the games. He has been adapting power to his game this season which has boosted his possession of the puck since he can now defend himself on the boards. This even led to Hagel scoring a six point game against the Victoria Royals. Max Marko

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 27, 1998
Height 6‘1”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 6; Overall: 159

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Fort Saskatchewan Ranger U15 AAAAEHL U1533 7 1219 34|        
 2012-2013 Fort Saskatchewan Ranger U15 AAAAEHL U1533 22 1941 34|        
  Team Northeast Alberta Cup5 1 34 2|        
  Fort Saskatchewan Rangers U16AEHL U167 4 15 2|        
 2013-2014 Fort Saskatchewan Rangers U16AEHL U1637 32 2658 62|        
  Fort Saskatchewan Rang. U18 AAAAEHL U182 0 00 2|        
 2014-2015 Fort Saskatchewan Rang. U18 AAAAEHL U1834 23 2851 42|        
  Whitecourt WolverinesAJHL6 1 12 0|Playoffs4 0 11
 2015-2016 Whitecourt WolverinesAJHL3 1 23 2|        
  Red Deer RebelsWHL72 13 3447 46|Playoffs17 1 910 18 
  Red Deer RebelsM-Cup4 0 11 2|        
 2016-2017 Red Deer RebelsWHL65 31 4071 85|Playoffs7 7 18 10 
 2017-2018 Red Deer RebelsWHL56 18 4159 45|Playoffs5 5 16 16 
 2018-2019 Red Deer RebelsWHL66 41 61102 80|Playoffs4 4 26
  Rockford IceHogsAHL8 0 11 2|        
 2019-2020 Chicago BlackhawksNHL1 0 00 0|        
  Rockford IceHogsAHL59 19 1231 38|        
 2020-2021 ThurgauNLB- - -- -|        

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