Kevin Hayes
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Kevin Hayes


Boston Massachusetts

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Free agent signing, 2014


201 lbs.

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2008-09: Kevin Hayes played for Nobles High School (MA).  In 22 games, Hayes scored 28 goals and added 27 assists for 55 points.  Plyaed for Team USA at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

2009-10: Suited up for Nobles High School.  In 28 games for Nobles, Hayes netted 25 goals and added 42 assists for 67 points.  Brother of Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, Jimmy Hayes. Hayes was chosen in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft, 24th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks.

2010-11: In his freshman season at Boston College, Kevin Hayes skated in 31 games and scored 4 goals, 10 assists for 14 points. A knee injury sustained in an early-November practice knocked the forward out of the Eagles lineup until late December and continued to limit his effectiveness for the following weeks. Hayes was relegated largely to the fourth line center role during the second half.

2011-12: Hayes skated in all 44 games for national champion Boston College in his sophomore season. Playing both wing and center for the Eagles, Hayes was frequently on a line with New York Rangers’ prospect Chris Kreider. He finished the season with 3 goals and 7 assists and was plus-nine with 2 penalty minutes. Two of his three goals were game-winners. The Eagles won 19 straight games to finish the season – winning the Hockey East regular season and playoff titles and defeating Ferris State, 4-1, in the Frozen Four championship game.

2012-13: Hayes skated in 27 games for Boston College as a junior – suffering a season-ending quadricep injury that required surgery in a February 26th game against Massachusetts-Lowell. Hayes scored 6 goals with 19 assists and was -3 with 14 penalty minutes for the Eagles. The defending national champions finished second in Hockey East. BC lost to Boston University in a Hockey East semifinal game and fell to Union in the NCAA East Regional tournament.


Talent Analysis

The younger of the two Hayes brothers, Kevin has the potential to develop into a solid two-way forward at the pro level. Like his older brother Jimmy, Kevin has a decent frame at 6'2" but plays more of a finesse style. His offensive awareness and playmaking ability allow him to create chances and open up space for his teammates. His skating could use some improvement if he wants to take his game to another level.


Hayes did not come to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks and became a free agent, ultimately signing with the New York Rangers in August of 2014.

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