Drew Bagnall

Drew Bagnall

Hometown:

Oakbank Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1983-10-26

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2002

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2007

Weight:

220 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

Selected late in the 2003 entry draft, 6th Round, No. 195 overall by Dallas, Bagnall was a stand-out defenseman in the SJHL.  He would later be traded to Florida, along with a draft pick, for Valeri Bure in 2004.

2006-07: Named as the lone defenseman finalist for the Hobey Baker after guiding the Saints to an ECACHL regular season title. The St. Lawrence team captain was also recently named the ECACHL Player of the Year and the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Defenseman. Bagnall became just the eighth defenseman in ECACHL history to be named the league’s Player of the Year. He also the second consecutive St. Lawrence player to win the award after forward T.J. Trevelyan did it last season.

The Oakbank, MB native led all St. Lawrence defensemen in scoring with 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) and leads the team in plus/minus (+10). Of his six goals, five came on the power play. His 25 points are the best of his career. His strong leadership and steadying presence helped to solidify a predominantly young but talented defensive corps. Bagnall is amongst the team leaders in ice time, averaging roughly 25 minutes per game, and plays in a variety of situations.

2007-08: Bagnall sustained an injury early in the season and a short stint with Reading of the ECHL.  He was serviceable on the blueline in Manchester, but was caught flat-footed at times, leading to some unnecessary penalties.  Ultimately, he would finish the season with Manchester, playing in a total of 54 regular season games and all four of their playoff games.

2008-09: Had a rebound season where he was recognized as the Monarchs most steady defenseman.  Bagnall renewed his focus on the defensive side of the rink, taking a cue from the organizational shift towards eliminating the number of shots on goal.  No one did a better job of adapting to this new strategy than Bagnall, playing sound positionally, blocking shots, taking the body and showing a physical side to his game.

Talent Analysis
Bagnall has good size and likes to play the body. He has solid instincts in all zones and usually can be counted on to make a key clear or keep the crease clear. He loves to shoot and join the rush. Bagnall also has very good stamina and can log a lot of minutes, including special teams play. Being an older draft pick, Bagnall might not have as much upside as other players in his draft class and needs to improve his skating technique and positioning.
Future
Bagnall and the Panthers could not agree to terms, making him a free agent.  The Los Angeles Kings signed Bagnall during the 2007 offseason.  He is likely bound for Manchester for at least another season and, with the recent influx of new and highly talented defensemen in the Kings system, will need to earn an opportunity quickly or be passed over entirely.  Likely will continue his career as an AHL veteran.