Brooks: Rangers targeting former first rounder Kevin Hayes

July 17, 2014, by

Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers are targeting 2010 first round pick Kevin Hayes out of Boston College. Hayes may become a UFA if Chicago does not reach an agreement with the forward by August 15. Hayes is a big kid at 6’3″ and 205 lbs, and put up 27-38-65 in his final year with the Eagles, a whopping 40 point increase from his totals a year prior. In 2012, HP had this to say about Hayes:

The Good: Hayes is a pretty toolsy player. Aside from being 6’3”, he’s an above-average skater with notably above-average possession skills—he’s a very coordinated puck-handler with impressive vision. When he’s on his game, Hayes simply makes plays. For a player his size, Hayes’ offensive skills make him a very intriguing prospect.

The Bad: Hayes’ main concern is his consistency. His game to game effort wavers and he doesn’t play with a high level of energy. He could be a little more physical as well.

It’s worth noting that the Hawks might try to trade Hayes’ negotiating rights, much in the way Calgary traded Tim Erixon to the Rangers a few years back. Since Chicago would get a 2nd round pick as compensation for not signing Hayes, that is the minimum asking price in a trade.


  1. Tim B says:

    If the Rangers were able to sign him that means they forfeit their 2nd round pick? or is it supplemental or something? I would think because he’s a UFA the rangers would not forfeit their 2nd rounder which is good. He would certainly help the farm. Love to see him in blue

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      If he becomes a UFA any team can sign him. The Rangers made the finals so that and a promise to play on the NHL roster might sway him to NY but he’s on the open market come 8/15.

  2. SalMerc says:

    Without first round picks and amid the squeeze of the salary CAP, these types of moves are all about re-stocking the AHL in hopes that one or two players shine bright enough to make the big club. Clearly a depth move.

  3. Alex says:

    He’s a solid prospect, but a large part of that jump in stats is due to playing on a line with Johnny Gaudread. I’d still take him though.

  4. Leatherneckinlv says:

    This would be a excellent signing and I hope Sather can arrange this to happen. It also appears he wants to come here which makes it even better. That would replace the 1st rounder we lost in the MSL trade.

  5. Ray says:

    Does anybody know on what date players on the 50 man roster can be sent to juniors and have their ELC slid. The Rangers will clear two spots by sliding Graves and Duclair, but I’m curious if they have to wait until the season starts to do so.

    As it stands, the Rangers have 44 players signed and 5 UFAs with qualifying offers, so Hayes might get the only open spot on the roster.

    (signing all three of Hunwick, Kostka, Kampfer looks excessive now)

    • Dave says:

      They have until the 9th day in the season to send them to juniors. Graves will be sent back. Capgeek doesn’t list Duclair’s contract as eligible to slide. Interesting.

  6. Frank Cerbone says:

    Hayes is a 22 yr old, left handed, RW who is a FINESSE player. He plays on the fringe areas like Richards.

    He needs to work both on his skating and backchecking.

    He suffered an injury to his leg in his junior year that required several surgeries to correct.

    He was suspended from his team for part of one year for an undisclosed reason

    He went to the same school as Chris Kreider.

    His 1st 3 years in college, he scored 4, 7, & 6
    goals. Was his senior year a one time occurrence, like Brian Boyle of the Rangers?

    Haggerty, also 22, is a right handed shot, a more involved skater, more physical, goes to the net better, and also only had one good scoring year.

  7. Frank Cerbone says:

    NY Post says Hayes is an UFA on 8/16.

    • Dave says:

      “does not reach an agreement with the forward by August 15.” The 15th is the deadline, meaning he’s a UFA the next day. Thanks for reading.

  8. Walt says:

    If he is available, why not sign him and see what he can do?? He played for two seasons with Kreider, and looking at the track record of BC, he could be a winner!!

  9. Frank Cerbone says:

    Both Kreider & Hayes played on the
    same Boston College team for 2 years.

    Kreider 26 goals during those 2 seasons & Hayes scored 11 goals.

    John Geaudreau, only 5-7, 150 lbs & now with Calgary had 78 goals during his 3 season witn Boston College, while Hayes scored 44 goals total over 4 seasons.

  10. Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

    This kid sounds like the real deal. He’s big has good possession skills and is good with the puck. The problem for the Rangers is he’s another lefty. Sather can afford to send a 2nd rounder over for him since he was a 1st round pick and the Rangers didn’t have one this year or last. He played 2 seasons with Chris Kreider at BC and after 4 full seasons with the Eagles should be ready for the Pros. Time in the AHL won’t hurt him one bit and maybe mid season give or take he could be ready for the NHL. It’s just that adding another lefty without loosing one does little for the Rangers balance. They need a top line RW and a top 9 Centerman. Or scratch the Centerman if they want to use Mueller or Lombardi. They may need to trade a Lefty for this kid and sign him to a 2 way contract. I believe Stempniak is still available and Glen Sather can move Marc Staal to Carolina for draft picks. They should be a bottom feeder again with top 10 draft picks in each round. That clears up $4 mill in cap space and use Conner Allen in place of Staal. Or trade Staal straight up for a righty forward in the $4 mil range.
    I can’t stress enough how important it is for Sather to add some right handed shots to their lineup. I think it’s why the PP fell off the 2nd half of last season & only scored 12% of their chances in the playoff. No off wingers on the left side. So the PK just leaned over towards the right side. It shut us down. Having Boyle on point will help get shots through but they still need righties for the left side of the 1-3-1 PP Arneil uses. Everyone wants Miller and Linberg on the team but both are just adding to the problem. Fast & Mueller are the best options as RW on the bottom 6. Just need a reliable righty for Stepan & Nash line. Nash must play LW at even strength next year so we can get 35+ goals from him and 70 points. He’s got to lead the team. Aside from that and maybe a big Centerman like Thornton. I see this team being better than last season. That doesn’t always translate to playoff success. The right mix is needed for good Playoff success. Thoughts?

  11. Frank Cerbone says:

    Don’t know why Sather keeps targeting lefty shooters.

    Trading righty Callahan & bringing in lefty St Louis killed the power play. St Louis scored one goal in 19 regular season games with Rangers & was a minus 8 in the playoffs. Plus we gave up 2 number one picks.

    You just can’t make that stuff up.

    Boston has like 8 NHL defensemen, and that does not include prospect Joe Morrow.

    Rangers should try to get 21 yr old left defenseman Joe Morrow who has more upside than Skjei, Moore, or Conner. Maybe McilRath,and Boo Nieves. If we can get picks for Staal, then maybe we can toss in a #2 as well.

    • Sylvain Lefebvre says:

      I’ll take one goal in 19 regular season games and a minus 8 in the playoffs for a Stanley Cup Final appearance OVER 6 goals in 20 regular season games and a minus 2 in the playoffs for a first round knockout. Rangers don’t get past Pittsburgh without St. Louis.

    • Dave says:

      There are so many things wrong with this comment, I don’t even know where to begin.