Hayes added to Traverse City roster

August 23, 2014, by

Newly signed prospect Kevin Hayes has been added to the Traverse City roster for this year’s tournament. He will join the 14 other forwards when the tournament begins in September. Hayes, a former first round pick of the Blackhawks, was signed by the Rangers this week after the Hawks failed to sign him before the August 15 deadline.

Categories : Prospects


  1. Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

    I hope he has a dominant performance in that tournament. I’m pulling for the McCarthy kid too. He’s loaded with skill and potential. The word on him is top 6 or bust. So I hope the both of them really open some eyes. I want Hayes to be a force in front of the net and score on rebounds, tips, and get others goals by screening the goalie. It’s the right time for Haggerty to show he’s not just an AHL player. The Rangers Traverse City Roster is loaded with some big kids. Keegan Iverson will be there too. There’s also Nezjecheb if that’s how it’s spelled but he will get his first chance to play with some top young talent in as close to pro competition as you’ll get without an AHL game.

    I’d really like to see some growth from a few of the defenseman as well. Noreau is a name that comes to mind. I want him to show some grit and jam to his game. Mat Bodie is there but he’s got to prove he’s more than a college standout. Let’s go Rangers!!!

    • Leatherneckinlv says:

      My eyes will be on this tournament as well as there are a ton of intriguing players to watch. I am very curious about Halverson, Ryan Mantha, Noreau, Zamorsky, Hayes, McCarthy, Haggerty, Nejezchleb, Leroux, Duclair and Tambellini. I wonder why Buchenvich is not on this team. Add Allen, McIlrath, Skeij, Graves, Fogarty, Lindberg, Kristo and Fast and this are our top prospects. (Mantha will inherit Girardi’s spot one day in my opinion. He is my sleeper pick.)With some of these players I definitely see a trade or two or possibly a blockbuster happening for a player like Johansen. The lack of Depth at center and right handed shots are very visible on the Parent roster, and a Johansen quickly fixes both problems in one swoop.
      Rangers are in above average to good shape. There are answers for many questions however the biggest question is still unclear. What will Staal do. Knowing Staal’s stance is critical in the early stages of the season. He is a huge chip in the stack and if 4 of those Traverse City Roster Players shine in both the Tournament and at Camp, it will be a very interesting first 2 months. I would love for the Rangers to be able to recoup a draft pick or two for this years draft.

      • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

        Smart man. Somehow the Rangers need to add a right handed shot. A kid like Johanson would go a long way for a long time. I think the Jackets look at him as their franchise player so it would take a huge package to pry him from Ohio.

        Seeing Staal is likely gone at or before the deadline. I think it would be smart to get some picks back for next summers deep draft. With one season left on his cap friendly contract, Staal becomes less valuable every game he plays this season. Not that he’s gonna get an Ovie here in return or 1st overall pick. He is a top pairing defender on 20 or more NHL teams.

  2. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Also would be a great thread to do on line combinations and D pairings to see how people see the roster on opening day and by end of December. (so 2 roster presentations. I truly believe we are in store for a huge trade come training camp to end of December.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      I have a feeling Joe Thornton is coming here by trade at some point. The Rangers need a big Centerman. That’s what cost them the finals to the Kings. If not then a right handed Center or winger. A trade of some kind is coming. Sather and AV want to see how the team they built this summer performs first in camp and then during the season. Hopefully a half a dozen rookies impress and give us some more sugar coating on the farm system for the trade market.

      • Spozo says:

        What would it take to get Big Joe? And would you be willing to make that deal? I think it would be similar to what it cost to get Rick Nash. The Rangers simply don’t have those resources following the Nash and MSL trade.

        • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

          The Sharks obviously don’t want him or his salary anymore. I don’t think it would cost that much. SJ might just want to rid themselves of his cap hit.

          • Seahorse says:

            But in order to get him the rangers would have to return 6 mil in cap so who would they give back in return. The rangers would either give up a a star and player or gut the bottom six again

        • Spozo says:

          Way to go NOT ANSWERING the question.

  3. howiehockey says:

    Some very interesting and sage comments by my brothers in blue. I believe that Staal will be dealt at the deadline at the very latest…and more than likely before.
    As a NY Ranger Staal will not get more than $5.5 Mill/yr and a contract no more than 6 years in length (and more likely 5).
    Going into this season my 2 sleeper picks are Kostka and Haggerty. More about them in a later post.

    • mikeyyy says:

      If he’s getting traded he is going to Carolina.

      So we should get a 1st and a prospect.