24-Year-Old Right Wing – Florida Panthers
Jimmy Hayes Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Blackhawks in March of 2011.
Hayes scored his first goal of the season and as a member of the Florida Panthers during Friday's 4-3 loss to the Flames.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hayes had a good debut for the Blackhawks last year in his rookie season. The 22-year-old, 6-6 winger skated in 31 games and showed glimpses of promise with five goals and four assists. He will hope to get a further hold on a full-time spot with the Blackhawks, but there is plenty of young competition so expect him to see time on the AHL/NHL shuttle this year.
Hayes was assigned to Rockford of the AHL in September. After signing a contract in March, Hayes skated seven games for the Rockford IceHogs, but did not register a point. This will be his first full season in professional hockey after finishing his career at Boston College.
The reigning Stanley Cup winners acquired Hayes from Toronto on draft day, 2010. He is expected to continue his development with a third season playing right wing for Boston College.
Hayes is a long way off but if this kid develops as many think he can, he could be the second-coming of Todd Bertuzzi (pre brain cramp Bert). He's just 19 and already 6-5, and he's putting on muscle every year. He'll be a four-year college kid and like all power forwards will mature slowly. But he could top out someday at 70 points and 100 PIMs. He's worth monitoring from a distance.
Hayes was taken in the second round (60th) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He's a big man -- 6-5 and 210 at 18 -- but like all power forwards, he needs to grow into his game. He's off to Boston College to 'blossom' and won't likely see pro duty until his college career is over.