The Blackhawks added to their pipeline on Tuesday by announcing the signing of 20-year-old forward Brandon Hagel to a three-year, entry-level deal worth $925,000 annually that runs through the 2020-21 season.
Hagel is a 6-foot-1, 173-pound winger who ranks third in the Western Hockey League with 12 goals and 28 points through 15 games with the Red Deer Rebels, where he will continue playing this season. He's known for being a tireless worker and aggressive forechecker.
"Super competitive," one scout said.
Hagel is a former 2016 sixth-round pick (No. 159 overall) by the Buffalo Sabres, who relinquished his signing rights on June 1 after failing to come to an agreement.
His best season came in 2016-17, when he set WHL career highs with 31 goals and 71 points. He was named the Canadian Hockey League's Player of the Week from March 13-19 that year, the same season Alex DeBrincat was named Player of the Year.
Hagel has 205 points (74 goals, 131 assists) in 208 career regular-season games, and 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 29 postseason contests.