Fantasy Take: Hagel to Tampa Bay

Ian Gooding

2022-03-18

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded winger Brandon Hagel and two 4th-round picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forwards Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh and two 1st-round picks.

This is a steep price for the Lightning to pay for Hagel, who was largely an unknown quantity at the start of last season. However, Hagel is already being compared to Blake Coleman, who helped provide the Lightning with the scoring depth it needed to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. Hagel is under contract for two more full seasons with a light $1.5 million cap hit, so he seems like the perfect depth piece as Tampa attempts a threepeat.

Frozen Tools Player Comparison: Coleman/Hagel

The trade appears to be beneficial for the Lightning, but less so for Hagel's personal statistics. He's been given plenty of even-strength icetime with Patrick Kane and even some first-unit power-play time in Chicago, but he may not receive the same deployment on a deeper Tampa roster. A third-line role and second-unit power-play time seems to be more in his future, although it's entirely possible that he could receive looks in the top 6 and PP1.

Alex Killorn or Ondrej Palat could lose fantasy value if Jon Cooper decides to use Hagel as the fourth forward on the first-unit power play. Killorn has most recently lined up with