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.
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.
Hyman possesses good hockey smarts and will drive to the net to create scoring opportunities. He has above-average speed, and he showed progress in his defensive play during his freshman year with the Wolverines. He positions himself well in his own end and uses his speed to recover from mistakes, but he is also willing to get into the muck around the goal crease when necessary. He pushes the puck up ice well, and makes crisp passes to open teammates in transition. Hyman needs to be more consistent in his on-ice effort and at times looks as if he lacks confidence in the offensive zone, but that could be quickly and easily rectified with increased offensive zone starts and success in finding the back of the net.
Hyman is going into his sophomore season at the University of Michigan. Still a bit of an unknown in terms of his long-term potential, Hyman will have the opportunity to continue to develop physically while increasing his hockey knowledge and understanding of tactical play. He has the talent-level and physical tools necessary to be a sound, two-way player, and projects into a top-nine role in the NHL, depending on how well he can take his game to the next level. Even though he saw mostly bottom-line ice time during his freshman campaign at Michigan, Hyman should see an increased role in the Michigan lineup.