Kevin Hayes Watch 2014
- Updated: August 16, 2014
After the Chicago were unable to come to terms with right winger Kevin Hayes, who they drafted in the first round (24th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, is now an unrestricted free agent and the Blackhawks will receive the 24th pick in the second-round at the 2015 NHL Draft.
Hayes, 22, completed his senior year at Boston College back in April where he appeared in 39 regular season games, recorded 28 goals, 39 assists and 16 penalties in minutes. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award for his performance within the NCAA that placed him second with 65 points. During his four years at Boston College, Hayes lit the lamp 45 times, assisted on 89 goals for 134 points accompanied with 48 PIM.
Kevin had a brother, Jimmy Hayes, who played for Chicago in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 before being traded to the Florida Panthers back on November 14th, 2013. Jimmy got limited time in Chicago as he spent most of his time with the Rockford Icehogs of the American Hockey League and perhaps that’s one of thoughts Kevin had in not staying with the Blackhawks.
Focusing back on Kevin, he has good offensive awareness and ability to generate plays providing time and space for his linemates. Hayes has the potential to develop into a good two-way player, being solid defenseively in his own zone, and using his 6-foot-3, over 200 pound body when needed.
There have been a few reports surfacing regarding teams that are interested in signing Hayes, one of those, the Colorado Avalanche as per Adrian Dater:
Colorado has to be a very appealing place for Hayes for a number of reasons, one specifically being that he gets his chance at the NHL level. The Avalanche have a number of younger players that Hayes can grow and play together with, especially in a couple years when players like Daniel Briere, Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay aren’t getting any younger. The recent future of the Colorado Avalanche is bright as we saw last year that was headlined with finishing the season third overall after finishing 29th in 2012-13 as well as almost running away with a perfect evening at the NHL Awards back in June as they were recognized with the league’s top coach, Patrick Roy, top rookie in Nathan Mackinnon, player that exhibited best sportsmanship with Ryan O’Reilly, and though Semyon Varlamov didn’t win he was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.
It will be interesting to see the number of teams that jump into the pool of teams interested in the services of Kevin Hayes.
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