• Jack P.

Breaking Down the Brandon Hagel Trade

Updated: Mar 26

The Blackhawks lost one of their key pieces to the team on Friday afternoon in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Hawks sent Brandon Hagel and two fourth round picks to Tampa in exchange for two first round picks and two prospects. The Hawks fourth round picks were for the 2022 draft and the 2024 draft. When Blackhawks fans look at this trade they may be upset at the great player that they gave up who we have known for being the all-around forward that would do anything for this team to win. He was second on the team in goals this season just behind Alex DeBrincat and he was also a pivotal part on the power play and the penalty kill.

It sure will be tough to see Hagel go, but general manager Kyle Davidson made it clear that this team would be going into a rebuild and with Tampa's offer for Hagel, it was an easy decision for Davidson to make. As you may know, the Hawks do not have a first-round pick in this year's draft and that is very important for a team that is going into a rebuild so for them to receive not just one first round pick but two first round picks is a huge deal. Hagel's value would probably be worth one first rounder and maybe one or two prospects, but the Lightning exceeded Davidson's expectations. Coach Derek King did not seem too pleased with the trade. Any coach would love to have Hagel on their squad and Tampa made it clear that they would give up a haul for him.

Now for the return, the Blackhawks most likely would not have received any more than they did from any other team. The first-round picks are great for them, but they also acquired two solid prospects that already made an appearance in the lineup on Saturday against the Wild. The first-round picks are for the 2023 and 2024 seasons and the two prospects are Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk, who are both forwards. Raddysh played with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome in the OHL for the Erie Otters and the trio put up massive numbers in the 2016-2017 OHL season. DeBrincat had 127 points, Raddysh had 109 points, and Strome had 75 points. It will be interesting to see if King puts them on the same line, or if he spreads out the talent. Both Raddysh and Katchouk did not get much playing time on a stacked Lightning roster, but they will get a much better opportunity with the Hawks and they will most likely get a good amount of ice time.

With the trade deadline looming on Monday, we will probably see many more Hawks players traded. The main spotlight is on Marc-Andre Fleury, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat. Patrick Kane's agent told TSN that Kane, Toews and Seth Jones will not be dealt at the trade deadline so that leaves Fleury, DeBrincat and Strome. The Hawks have been trying to move Dylan Strome since the offseason, but they have not gotten anything done and as for DeBrincat, the Hawks are looking for a big haul if they do decide to trade him. I expect that the Hawks don't trade him, but you never know with a new general manager and a team that is going into a rebuild. Fleury will choose what he wants to do. There are many teams inquiring about him to see if he wants to be dealt to a contender but it will all be up to Fleury and it sounds like he is leaning toward finishing the season in Chicago.

The Blackhawks lost to the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 5-4 earlier tonight. Taylor Raddysh scored his first goal as a Blackhawk in a game that could be the last in which we see a lot of players in a Blackhawk jerseys.

-Jack P. (IG: @jackpolkow / Twitter: @polkowjack)

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