A bright spot of the 2020-21 season for the Vegas Golden Knights was the consistent contribution from young players on the team's blueline. Nicolas Hague's role was a strong and legitimate component of that bright spot.
The native of Ontario became the fourth draft selection in the organization's history when he was taken in the 2nd round (34th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. Hague spent parts of three seasons developing in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves and helped the team make an appearance in the 2019 Calder Cup Finals.
During time in Chicago, the defenseman often found success when paired with Zach Whitecloud. The duo regained their chemistry at the NHL level and were one of Pete DeBoer's most steady pairs during the 2020-21 season.
Hague appeared in 52 of the team's 56 games during the regular season and finished fourth among team defensemen in scoring with 17 points (5 G, 12 A). He also saw the ice in 10 games during the postseason and recorded his first-career playoff goal during the second period of Game 7 against the Wild. Vegas went on to win by a final score of 6-2 at T-Mobile Arena to advance past Minnesota.
Video: MIN@VGK, Gm7: Hague buries a long shot off the draw
Video: Postgame 5/28 - Whitecloud & Hague
Executives around the National Hockey League often highlight the role that proper player development can play in the long-term health and success of an organization. A full schedule during the 2021-22 season will provide Nicolas Hague another opportunity to take a step forward in his own path of progression.