The Rangers are targeting pending free agent Kevin Hayes who was taken 24th overall in 2010 and can become a free agent if he doesn’t sign with the Chicago Blackhawks by August 15th. (NY Post)
Hayes is still talking with Chicago and while he is expected to be pursued by multiple NHL teams, the Rangers are expected to be among the finalists to land Hayes. (NY Post)
He is 6-3, 205 and spent two seasons as a teammate of Chris Kreider at Boston College. Hayes had 27 goals and 38 assists this past season for BC and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award. (NY Post)
Had he been in the 2014 draft, scouts say that he would have been taken in the middle to late first round. (NY Post)
Ranked as the 6th Blackhawks prospect by The Hockey News in the 2014 Future Issue, they write “hulking winger with soft hands is putting up excellent scoring numbers on a powerhouse NCAA line.”
- Heading into this season, Hayes was not listed as one of the Blackhawks top 10 prospects in The Hockkey News Yearbook.
In 2013 Hayes was not listed as one of The Hockey News top 10 Blackhawks prospects.
- Heading into the 2013 season, Hayes was listed 9th on the Blackhawks prospect list in The Hockey News Yearbook, writing, “doubled point totals, but needs consistency.”
In 2012, Hayes was ranked 9th by The Hockey News, which wrote “Must add consistency to size and skill, can make plays in tight spaces.”
- Heading into the 201 season, Hayes was listed 9th on the Blackhawks prospect list in The Hockey News Yearbook, writing, “can play wing or center, good skater with soft hands.”
In 2011, Hayes was ranked 9th by The Hockey News, which wrote “drafted as a winger, Hawks see him as a center; good skater with soft hands.”
Hayes is from the Boston area.