Buzz: Rangers looking at pending college free agent Kevin Hayes

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)

Hayes would sign a two-year entry level contract and with spots open on their third and fourth lines, Larry Brooks says that he could make the team with a strong training camp.  (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.




3 comments
Kevin
Kevin

If he does become available the Rangers should definitely make a pitch for the kid.  He's got the size and could really help out the system by adding someone of his caliber.  The upside is the Rangers have holes to fill, he could potentially make the team out of camp or with minimal time in the minors.  The downside is he's going to have 28 other teams calling, one of which his older brother plays for in Florida.  The Rangers have shown a lot of faith in college kids and have signed a lot out of college in recent years (this year in particular).  He's different than the undrafted guys though since he was a 1st rounder.  With the loss of 2 1st round picks with the St. Louis trade the Rangers really need to get some youth into the system and Hayes would be a huge shot in the arm to the system.  I wouldn't be shocked if they are the first ones calling with the most they can give on an entry level deal.