The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed restricted free agent Brandon Hagel to a three-year, $4.5 million extension Friday. The deal will carry an annual cap hit of $1.5 million.
The Blackhawks gave the forward a qualifying offer in late July to retain his rights ahead of free agency.
Hagel, who will turn 23 on Aug. 27, scored nine goals and 24 points in 52 games during his rookie season. His 15 assists led all Blackhawks rookies, while his goal and point totals ranked second behind Pius Suter, who signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Hagel also played in 10 games without scoring a point in Canada’s gold-medal run at the 2021 IIHF World Championship.
Prior to his first NHL season, Hagel scored eight goals and 15 points in 14 games for HC Thurgau in Switzerland’s second division while on loan. Hagel made his NHL debut March 11, 2020, against the San Jose Sharks, in each team’s last game before the NHL shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was the Blackhawks’ AHL MVP and Rookie of the Year for the 2020-21 season, scoring a team-high 19 goals and rookie-high 31 points in 59 games.
Hagel signed with the Blackhawks as a free agent in October 2018 after the Buffalo Sabres decided not to sign him. The Sabres selected him in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft.
The Blackhawks are expected to re-sign one more forward in Alex Nylander before the 2021-22 season begins. Nylander missed the entire 2021 season while recovering from offseason knee surgery. He scored 10 goals and 26 points in 65 games during the 2019-20 season, his first season with the Blackhawks.