2008-09: Zach Hyman played for Hamilton Red Wings of the OJHL. In 49 games, Hyman scored 13 goals with 24 assists and 24 PIM. In 5 playoff games, Hyman scored 2 goals and added with 4 PIM as the Red Wings fell to Newmarket. Hyman was named Hamilton’s Rookie of the Year.
2009-10: In 49 games for the Hamilton Red Wings, Hyman scored 35 goals and added 40 assists and was +17 with 30 PIM. He scored six times on the power play and had three short-handed goals. In 11 playoff games, Hyman scored 7 goals and added 9 assists for 16 points. He committed to attending Princeton University in 2011. Hyman was chosen in the fifth round, 123rd overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers.
2010-11: Hyman was the captain and leading scorer for the Hamilton Red Wings (OJHL) in his final season of junior hockey. In 43 games for the Red Wings he scored 42 goals with 60 assists during the regular season and then scored 3 goals with 5 assists in 7 playoff games. Hyman was named the Player of the Year in the CJHL. Originally committed to playing college hockey at Princeton in 2011-12, Hyman de-committed after former Princeton coach Guy Gadowsky left the school to start the Division I hockey program at Penn State. Hyman committed to playing at Michigan in 2011-12.
2011-12: Hyman skated in 41 games for the University of Michigan as a freshman. Playing in mostly a third and fourth line role, he scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was minus-two with 12 penalty minutes. The Wolverines finished second in the CCHA and earned an NCAA tournament bid after reaching the CCHA championship against Western Michigan.
2012-13: Hyman skated in 38 games for Michigan in his sophomore season. Playing a third and fourth line role with the Wolverines, he scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was -2 with 8 penalty minutes. Michigan finished seventh in the CCHA, failing to win 20 games for the first time since head coach Red Berenson’s third season in 1986-87 but went 8-0-1 in nine late season games and nearly earned an NCAA tournament bid; falling to Notre Dame, 3-1, in the CCHA championship game.
2013-14: Hyman played both right wing and center for Michigan in his junior season – finishing the year skating on a line with prospects Tyler Motte (Chicago) and sophomore center Andrew Copp (Winnipeg). He scored 7 goals with 10 assists and was -1 with 12 penalty minutes in 35 games for the Wolverines. Michigan finished third in the Big Ten in the conference’s inaugural season but was upset by Penn State in the conference tournament and did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
2014-15: Hyman enjoyed his finest college season as a senior at Michigan. Playing on the Wolverines dominant top line with freshman Dylan Larkin (DET) and junior Justin Selman, he was the team’s leading scorer. In 37 games he scored 22 goals — sharing the team lead in assists with Larkin (32) — and was a team best +24 with 10 penalty minutes. Michigan finished third in the Big Ten and advanced to the conference tournament championship game but did not receive an NCAA Tournament bid after falling to first-place Minnesota, 3-2. The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired the rights to Hyman in exchange for Greg McKegg and a conditional pick in the 2017 draft in June 2015 and signed him to a two-year entry level contract.
2015-16: Hyman made his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs in a February 29th game against Tampa Bay, skating in 16 games after being recalled from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. He scored 4 goals with 2 assists and had an even plus/minus with 18 penalty minutes with the Leafs. Hyman scored 15 goals with 22 assists and was +31 with 24 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games for the Marlies. Toronto finished first in the North Division, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals against Hershey. Hyman scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 23 penalty minutes through 14 playoff games.
Hyman has above-average speed and is a smooth and shifty skater. He has good lateral quickness and excellent stability on his skates. Hyman has shown dramatic improvement in his defensive and physical play during his college career and plays a disciplined, hard hitting game in his own zone. He has become a quality possession player who takes a lot of defensive zone starts and converts them into up-ice pressure.
Hyman skated in 16 games for the Maple Leafs in 2015-16 and was one of the top forwards for the AHL affiliate Marlies in his first pro season. He is expected to challenge for a roster spot with the Leafs in 2016-17. Hyman projects as a top-six forward with an offensive game and hockey awareness that exceeds most fifth-round draft picks.