Blackhawks sign Brandon Hagel

On Tuesday the Blackhawks Blackhawks announced they have signed forward Brandon Hagel on a three-year entry-level contract that runs through the 2020-21 season. The deal will have a $925,000 AAV.

Hagel, 20, is listed at 6-1 and 175 pounds and was originally drafted in the sixth round (#159 overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL Draft.

He is currently skating with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League where he has 12 goals and 16 assists in 15 games. He has produced 205 points in 208 career games in the WHL.

20 thoughts on “Blackhawks sign Brandon Hagel

  1. Dis guy no good. He no drafted high, seeeexth round-ah.

    Fire zeh BOWMAN and zeh PEE-AIR-GO-TEE-YAY.



  2. If an NHL team does not sign a player within the two years in which he was drafted, he can re-enter the draft as long as he is 20 years old or younger for his second draft. Players over 20 years old automatically become UFAs. Players can only enter the NHL Draft twice.

    For college NCAA players that have been drafted, NHL teams retain their rights until 30 days after the player has left college.

    A team that does not sign a first-round draft pick receives a compensatory pick in a future draft upon losing the rights to that player, determined on a case-by-case basis.

  3. So a 6th round pick from Buffalo, the worst team in the league last year, goes unsigned, no one drafts him at all when he goes back into the draft, and we sign him as a free agent…..I am not going to get too excited about a guy every team in the league except Buffalo passed over in the draft. Twice.

    Maybe he can keep Iacopelli and Knott company in Rockford. The only skill they have that will translate to the NHL is that they suck.

  4. A 6th round pick signing for 3 years at $925,000 per. WOW. He may not have an NHL future at all but IF HE IS SMART he will tuck away a good chunk of this 3 year contract and ensure his financial future no matter what becomes of his hockey career. The $ now flows in the NHL.

  5. Garn, pretty sure that’s just his NHL salary. If he is not with the Hawks and in the NHL, he won’t be getting paid that much. Entry level contracts are generally at $70,000 a year if the player plays in the AHL. He would only get $925k if he makes the Hawks. Which my guess is pretty unlikely, then again, with how poor our bottom six forward depth is, maybe the kid has a decent shot at making the team.

    Kruger, Kampf, Martinsen, Hayden, Kunitz, Fortin, Johnson……none of those guys are world beaters and probably wouldn’t even make the roster on many NHL teams. So sure, if I was an undrafted free agent I’d probably like to sign with the Hawks too.

  6. Agree with most here… most likely – he does not pan out…

    But- Shaw was passed over by ALL of league twice… and had similar scouting reports… energized, relentless… undersized, and NOT uber-talent… but smart/hard working kid… Coaches dream type kid

    wts- seems like SB/Hawk scouts are hoping for similar type of Player to Shaw… to add- Hagel is putting up some serious Points so far as The Over-ager

  7. Baby steps LBS8844. Baby steps. You can’t expect someone who’s lived in anonymity for so long to suddenly be able to have numerous social interactions to get to an actual place. Let alone clothe and bathe themselves in a manner appropriate for such an establishment.

  8. I believe the $925k is only paid when he is on the NHL roster. His minor league salary is probably about $95k

  9. He likely gets the max $92,500 signing bonus each year guaranteed up front. That leaves $832,500 or roughly $10,150 for every nhl game and about $850 a game in ahl he is on roster for.

  10. We see you’ve enlisted reinforcements, that’s great, you’re getting more and more like Ebony “The Spineless Twit” Raptor every day. Have you figured out the difference between “your” and “you’re” yet? That’s a big step for a budding internet hockey message board superstar in training like yourself.

    Maybe Morrison or Ebony “The Spineless Twit” Raptor himself can give you lessons. You’ll find Ebony “The Spineless Twit” Raptor at any one of five internet hockey message boards at any hour of the day for guidance.

    Learning the difference between “your” and “you’re” really is not that tough. You, though, seem unable to grasp the concept. Not surprising for a dolt like yourself. Maybe hang around with Morrison – he’ll give you someone mentally superior to look up to LOLOLOLOLOL.

  11. Good for the guy.
    He could be good/no one knows that now.
    Reward players with contract, even if they donot make team at some point.
    Theres a good reason we signed him.

  12. STL out played us
    We outplayed EDM
    We outplayed VAN

    Its hard to be 45-35 or better, when we donot win those two games when we deserved to.

    What matters is were outplaying the other teams/and getting better.
    It just sucks because these guys deserve to be 8-2-2.

  13. The hawks will have a lot of open contract slots this upcoming offseason and no pressing forward prospects to sign other then soderlund, maybe Evan Barrett.
    So worth a chance.

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