The curious case of former first-round draft pick Kevin Hayes continues on this week. The former Chicago Blackhawks prospect has reportedly narrowed his list of teams down to four or five. He will continue to have meetings with organizations early this week.
For those who are unaware, Kevin Hayes was drafted with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kevin Hayes and the Chicago Blackhawks weren’t able to agree to terms on an entry-level contract between then and now, so he is an unrestricted free agent, and to the surprise of no one, he is receiving a lot of attention.
Chicago Blackhawks General Manager, Scotty Bowman, felt like the club offered him a contract that was more than fair.
“We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract,” Bowman said. “Unfortunately, he felt it was in his best interests to become a free agent. We are looking forward to the compensatory draft pick we are receiving and are focused on the excitement surrounding the start of training camp next month.”
Kevin Hayes finished his college career at Boston College this past season with fellow high-end prospects Johnny Gaudreau, the 2014 Hobey Baker award winner, and Bill Arnold. Both Gaudreau and Arnold signed with the Calgary Flames in April.
At 6’3, 205 pounds, Kevin Hayes has great size to go along with his top-end skill. His 65 points ranked second in the nation behind teammate Johnny Gaudreau.
The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators are two teams that are rumored to be favorites for Kevin Hayes. The New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Boston Bruins have also been in on the 22-year-old winger.
Kevin Hayes is the brother of Florida Panthers winger Jimmy Hayes.