Eriah Hayes
Image: NHL

Eriah Hayes


La Crescent Minnesota

Currently Playing In:






Eligible for draft:








Free agent signing, 2013


210 lbs.

<<<<<<< Updated upstream

2007-08: Eriah Hayes played for the Topeka Roadrunners in the North American Hockey League. He was the team’s fourth leading scorer, sharing the team lead in goals with 30 and also collected 26 assists in 53 games. He was +33 with 61 penalty minutes. Topeka finished first in the South Division and reached the NAHL playoff semifinal game against Mahoning Valley. Hayes scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was +2 with 6 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games.

2008-09: Hayes skated in the USHL as a 20-year-old. In 59 games with Waterloo he scored 27 goals with 18 assists and was +10 with 81 penalty minutes. The Black Hawks finished fourth in the Eastern Conference and were swept by first-place Green Bay in a first round series. Hayes scored 1 goal and was -3 with 4 penalty minutes in three playoff games. He committed to playing college hockey at Minnesota State in 2009-10.

2009-10: Hayes played in 38 of 39 games for Minnesota State in his freshman season. He scored 8 goals with 6 assists and was +5 with 59 penalty minutes. The Mavericks finished tied for eighth in the WCHA with Alaska-Anchorage and lost to St. Cloud State in a three-game first round playoff series.

2010-11: Hayes attended the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2010 Prospect Camp before returning to Minnesota State for his sophomore season. He was the Mavericks’ third-leading scorer with 11 goals and 11 assists in 38 games and was -2 with 52 penalty minutes. Minnesota State finished 11th in the WCHA and were swept by Denver in a first round playoff series.

2011-12: Hayes led Minnesota State in penalty minutes (83) and shared the team lead with 13 goals in his junior season. He also had 11 assists and was -13 in 36 games. The Mavericks finished 11th in the WCHA and lost to Minnesota-Duluth in a first round playoff series — falling to the defending national champion Bulldogs in double overtime in the second game.

2012-13: Hayes signed a two-year entry-level contract with San Jose as a free agent in April 2013 following his senior season at Minnesota State. He made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, scoring 3 goals with 1 assist in seven games, and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes. The Sharks missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division. Minnesota State had ts best season since joining the WCHA in 1999-00. A senior co-captain, Hayes led the Mavericks with 20 goals and had 16 assists in 41 games; finishing +1 with 51 penalty minutes. His 13 power-play goals ranked him second nationally. The Mavericks received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament — falling 4-0 to Miami in the Midwest Regional semifinals.


Talent Analysis

Hayes is a rugged, hard-working, 6-4 and 210-pound power forward. Although Hayes is not afraid to mix things up, this season he has been able to strike a balance between his physicality and playing with discipline. He uses his size, strength, and reach to great advantage, particularly in tight areas and is difficult to move off of the puck. One attribute that has had scouts really taking notice of Hayes is his shot. He possesses one of the hardest shots in all of college hockey and he shoots with great frequency. He also has great finishing ability. What separates Hayes from many other top scorers, particularly among those with big bodies, is how little energy he expends when creating or finishing plays. His skating and puck movements often times look effortless, and he effectively utilizes his given time and space. Hayes moves really well for a man his size and skates with long, powerful strides. His leadership and ability to set the tone of a game were invaluable assets for Minnesota State-Mankato and they are qualities that Hayes could one day bring to his pro team.



Hayes signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks in April of 2013.

Younger, unheralded players helping Worcester Sharks maintain playoff berth

by Tony Androckitis
Freddie Hamilton - Worcester Sharks

Photo: Worcester Sharks forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Freddie Hamilton is again leading the AHL Sharks in scoring with nine goals and 30 points in 49 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)


Amidst injuries and call-ups for several of their top scorers and the announcement that the Worcester Sharks will be part of the American Hockey League’s five-team westward expansion into California, the 2014-15 AHL Sharks’ team is in the playoff picture, currently holding onto the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. Read more»

Tomas Hertl maintains first spot in San Jose Sharks Top 20

by Craig Fischer

Tomas Hertl - San Jose Sharks

Photo: Tomas Hertl was on pace to graduate to the NHL in 2013-14 but suffered a knee injury in December (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)

The San Jose Sharks had ample opportunity heading into the 2014 trade deadline to acquire a piece to help them with their quest for a cup. Many speculated that the Sharks would mortgage their future to rise up next to the conference’s best.

Read more»

San Jose Sharks minor league prospects looking for more offense in second half of 2013-14

by Craig Fischer

Eriah Hayes - San Jose Sharks

Photo: A free agent signing out of Minnesota State-Mankato, Eriah Hayes made his NHL debut with the San Jose Sharks on January 5th in Chicago (courtesy of Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

The San Jose Sharks have considerable depth at the minor league affiliate level. Quantity does not equal quality though, and while the ranks are brimming in numbers, there is not a lot to be excited for at the halfway point of 2013-14 season.

Read more»

Balanced prospect pool paying dividends for San Jose Sharks

by Craig Fischer

Freddie Hamilton - San Jose Sharks

Photo: Center Freddie Hamilton is just one of the prospects with San Jose’s AHL affiliate in Worcester with the potential to fill a complementary role in the NHL (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)

Last season, San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson spoke adamantly about how the team would be going through a refresh rather than a restart. He would add small doses of youth along the way instead of tearing down his veteran squad for a full-fledged rebuild.

Read more»

San Jose Sharks prospects experienced glory and defeat of playoffs

by Craig Fischer

Christ Tierney - London Knights

Photo: Chris Tierney scored 21 points in 21 OHL playoff games to help the London Knights capture their second consecutive J. Ross Robertson Cup (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The players in the San Jose Sharks prospect pool endured plenty of post-season successes and failures. The 2013 playoffs featured multiple first round exits, a few long runs in the CHL, and considerable amounts of golfing as a number of players did not even get a taste of the post-season. The prospect pool was a microcosm for the playoffs in general; you win some, you lose some, and that is just the nature of the game.

Read more»