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Top-pairing big-minute defenseman


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March 2020 – Hague is currently manning the blue line for the Chicago Wolves in the AHL. He had a 38 game stint for parent club, Vegas, prior to returning to the Wolves but his play was not the reason he was sent down. Hague’s individual skills will not wow you, but the sum of the parts creates an effective, steady, stay at home left handed defenseman who makes the smart play with the puck. If there is not an opening, he uses the wall and glass to get the puck out of the zone. He picks his moments to rush the puck and does so at his pace. In a game against the Iowa Wild, February 25th, Hague took a hit to the head. He later returned, executed a slow rush up the ice, circled outside the blue line to hit forward in stride for a goal. He is 6’6″ and 220 lbs and leans on people, boxes out well in defending, uses his reach to his advantage, and makes opposing players pay the price for going to the net. He also moves very well for a big man and plays both sides effectively. Danny McGillicuddy

 

February 2019 – As expected, Hague’s point totals have taken a slight dip during his first professional campaign in the AHL compared to the ridiculous pace he posted in juniors. However, 21 points in 50 games is still a very respectable pace for a rookie that is getting acclimated to a much higher level of hockey, especially as a defender. He currently sits in second place among all AHL defenders in plus minus, only eclipsed by teammate and defensive partner Zach Whitecloud. Expect Hague to spend another year in Chicago, one of the AHL’s premier franchises, in 2019-20 while getting a couple of brief call-ups to Vegas before he becomes a full-time NHLer in the following season. He should also take a step forward offensively next season as power play time should open up when Erik Brannstrom makes the jump to Vegas full time. Mason Black

 

March 2018 – Nicolas Hague is wrapping up an impressive year for the Mississauga Steelheads in the OHL. As captain, Hague has produced at an incredible rate from the back end scoring 77 points, including 35 goals, in only 66 games. Predictably, he received the nod for “best offensive defenceman” in the OHL coaches poll. Mississauga has only one game remaining in the regular season and Hague sits in sole possession of third place in the entire CHL scoring for defensemen. There has been an improvement in Hague’s first couple of steps and overall skating ability this season, which was the knock on him during his draft year and probably kept him out of the first round. However, there is no denying the offensive upside and overall skill that Hague brings to the table including his enormous frame which is an attribute that cannot be taught. Mason Black

 

November 2017 – After a bit of a slow start to the 2017 campaign, Nic Hague has steadily improved in both offensive and defensive aspects of his game. Hague finished the month of November with 15 points in 12 games, and is firmly entrenched in the  top-5 of OHL defensive scoring. He is quickly molding into a complete defenseman, and based on his size and physical brand of hockey, would have been a sure-fire first round pick a decade ago.   Mason Black

 

May 2017 –Nic Hague is a hulking defenseman that skates well, can play a physical game and has offensive instincts as well. His skating is good, a powerful long stride, good edges and a decent top gear. His balance needs work and overall as he has grown so much at a young age there is some refinement needed. Defensively he is very effective, has a long reach and controls gaps very well. Hague is positionally sound in his own end and is very effective at separating players from the puck and creating transition. In the OHL he was able to produce offensive results using his heavy point shot to blast away at the net on the powerplay. At the NHL level, his offensive numbers should dip, but he will still provide ample fantasy value via hits, blocks and PIMs.  Peter Harling

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 5, 1998
Height 6‘6”
Weight 214 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 2; Overall: 34

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Kitchener Jr. Rangers U16 AAAALLIANCE U162 0 00 0|        
 2013-2014 Kitchener Jr. Rangers U16 AAAALLIANCE U1631 3 1316 44|Playoffs18 4 1317 24 
  Kitchener Jr. Rangers U16 AAAOHL Cup4 3 03 12|        
  Team ALLIANCE OGC-165 0 11 4|        
  Kitchener Jr. Rangers U18 AAAALLIANCE U183 1 12 0|        
 2014-2015 Team Black U17-Dev3 1 01 4|        
  Ayr Centennials GOJHL43 3 811 70|Playoffs10 3 912 20 
  Canada White U17WHC-175 2 02 4|        
 2015-2016 Team Red U18-Dev3 0 00 4|        
  Mississauga SteelheadsOHL66 14 1024 84|Playoffs7 0 22 13 
  Canada U18WJC-187 0 22 4|        
 2016-2017 Mississauga SteelheadsOHL65 18 2846 107|Playoffs18 1 1112 19 
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 00 2|        
 2017-2018 Mississauga SteelheadsOHL67 35 4378 105|Playoffs6 0 44 12 
  Chicago WolvesAHL5 0 11 7|Playoffs3 0 00
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
 2018-2019 Chicago WolvesAHL75 13 1932 38|Playoffs22 4 711 31 
 2019-2020 Vegas Golden KnightsNHL38 1 1011 32|        
  Chicago WolvesAHL21 1 910 12|        

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