Notre Dame’s Season Over, Should the Blackhawks Sign Landon Slaggert?

Tough news for college hockey fans on Thursday when the NCAA announced Notre Dame’s men’s hockey team is out of the NCAA tournament because of COVID issues.

This means Blackhawks prospect Landon Slaggert’s freshman year is over.

Slaggert, the Hawks’ third round pick (#79) in the 2020 NHL Draft, had a terrific freshman season. He put up 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 25 games and was named the National Freshman of the Week at the beginning of March.

Listed at 6-1 and 181 pounds, Slaggert plays a physical game and skates well. He finished the season third on Notre Dame’s roster in points, tied for second in goals and second in power play goals (three).

As the Blackhawks begin looking to the future, Slaggert is the kind of player they’ll want to build around. With his season ending prematurely and the Hawks being a couple weeks away from what could be an active trade deadline, convincing Slaggert to turn pro would be a good call by Stan Bowman and the Hawks’ front office.

9 thoughts on “Notre Dame’s Season Over, Should the Blackhawks Sign Landon Slaggert?

  1. He seemed to come along more offensively this season than was expected. He was billed as being in the Entwhistle, Johnson, maybe Hagel mold of player, the biggest question being if the 4th line is his ceiling offensively. But even if it is, they could use a larger, more physical guy able to play that role than say Highmore.

    Hagel seems to have played his way into a higher level usage and maybe, with some further development, Slaggert can too. Playing a shutdown role on the gold medal winning USWJC team seems to have raised his profile as well.

    I think Rockford would be a good idea at this point.

  2. Be good to have him signed if he is wanting to turn pro, still has 3 more years if Ncaa eligibility so wonder which way he is leaning towards. Agree an ato in Rfd. similar to Slavin may what you would see and start his elc next year. Tight on 50 contract limit for this season if he started elc this year, especially if Bowman is looking to use ltir space to acquire contracts.

  3. His brother is on ND as well and will be a senior next year and his father is one of the ND coaches..just a gut feeling, but I don’t think he’s in any hurry..probably one more year at ND..it was a very promising first year for him though..seems to have enough skill to be more than just a fourth line grinder..could end up being a nice piece to add to the Hawks bottom six in a couple years..PS-I know he centered the fourth line at the world juniors and I believe he played center all year at ND as well..always nice to add another center to the mix..

  4. The kid is 18.
    18. ……no rush to sign him now except if organization think he is ready for Rockford.
    I have big doubts that he is ready now but who knows ?
    Next year at this time he will be 10 kilos heavier and probably stronger physically.
    Glad to hame him in the system now.

  5. Hawks needs 5 pts in the next 4 games …or 7 pts in 5 games with the 2 pts already have in last game.
    Hagel should have another good game ….again .

  6. My vote is to keep him in college for another season. The Hawks have a glut of young players to sort through, especially with the possibility of Reichal coming to N.A. Let him build on his freshman season by playing with his older brother and for his dad. He’s not a slam dunk NHL player so let him grow his game in a comfortable setting.

  7. Reichel- was a steal in draft- his numbers line up with Stud/Stutzle for comparison.
    He is a “can’t miss”!

    Slaggert- Watched for several periods this year. I honestly did not see anything special. DECENT MOTOR- and desire to go to net – his best attributes. But was underwhelmed with his size and strength and speed.

    Let him season for 1-2 more years.

  8. Agree with Bluto and Ebony, he should return for his sophomore season and continue to play on the first line. No rush.

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