The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Brandon Hagel on a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2023-24 season, the team announced Friday. His cap hit is $1.5 million.
"Brandon’s ascension to a regular role last season provided a huge boost to our team," President/GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. "We were quite pleased with the growth he showed in his game and ability to handle tougher assignments. His continued development at this level will allow him to be a valuable contributor to our offense moving forward."
Hagel, 22, registered 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) and averaged 13:59 of ice time in 52 games during his first season with the Blackhawks. Two of his goals came in overtime, becoming just the second rookie in franchise history with multiple overtime goals in a season; Brent Seabrook is the other when he had two during the 2005-06 campaign.
Hagel was arguably the Blackhawks' top rookie last season and is likely to play in a middle-six role for years to come. He can play on any of the four lines, which makes him a versatile piece of the puzzle.
Hagel was a pending restricted free agent and coming off a three-year, entry-level contract that carried a cap hit of $880,833. He signed with the Blackhawks in October of 2018 and his role with the organization has grown ever since.