After a gut-punch loss on Thursday night, the Blackhawks got another piece of tough news on Friday morning.
Forward Brandon Hagel has been placed in COVID protocol.
Hagel has been the best rookie surprise among Blackhawks skaters this season. His energy has filled a desperate need and he’s seamlessly navigated his way between all four lines. He has five goals and nine assists in 35 games and has become an important part of the Hawks offense.
Hagel is the sixth Blackhawks player to be placed in COVID protocol this season. Forwards Alex DeBrincat, Ryan Carpenter, and Lucas Wallmark and defensemen Nicolas Beaudin and Adam Boqvist have all missed time previously from being placed on COVID protocol.