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Marc Bergevin lacked vision with a forward: Brandon Hagel could have signed with the Habs

Published August 26, 2023 at 6:12
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In 2018, the Canadiens invited Joël Teasdale to their development camp. It was finally in 2020, following his junior career, that the Quebecer signed a contract with the team.

Why are we talking about Teasdale when he's no longer with the team? Because in 2018, the Canadiens also invited young Brandon Hagel to their development camp. However, unlike Teasdale, the team didn't see fit to offer him a contract.

We now know what happened next, as Hagel eventually signed with the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate. In 2022, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning and has just signed an eight-year, $52 million contract.

Yes, Hagel was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2016, but since he didn't receive a contract, he was eligible again in 2018, so free as a bird.


Now, the forward is a player capable of 60 points in the NHL and is part of the core of one of the League's best offenses. Let's just say Marc Bergevin missed out on this one.

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Marc Bergevin lacked vision with a forward: Brandon Hagel could have signed with the Habs

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