A look into Kevin Hayes
Hayes just finished up a successful four years at Boston College where he ended as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as well as one of the nation’s top point producers. Hayes had 27 goals and 38 assists in his final season with Boston College and earned MVP honors at the annual Beanpot tournament. His ability to play both center and wing is exactly the versatility the Hawks look for in an offensive player.
“He’s 22 years old, so he’s not in that 19-year-old category. He may not be a guy who has to spend a long time developing. So that’s the benefit of leaving a player in college for four years,” Stan Bowman said. “He’s got a lot of talent. He played his first three years as center and this last year he was on the wing. It’s certainly nice to see him be able to do both. He’s got the combination of size and skill and that’s hard to find.”
The Hawks own Hayes’ rights through Aug. 15, however it’s still unsure if he will actually sign with the Hawks or not. Due to his team being eliminated from the Frozen Four, Hayes has had the option to sign with the Hawks since April. Hayes spent Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals at the United Center where Bowman spoke with him.
His brother, Jimmy Hayes was traded from the Hawks to the Florida Panthers this past season, most likely adding to his skepticism of having a place in the line-up and delaying his decision to sign. Regardless, Bowman has remained hopeful that Hayes will sign with the Hawks.
“We said since the day we finished school we’ve been talking to him all year and all four years of college,” Bowman said. “We want to sign him. I think he just wanted to take his time and decide what’s best for him. [We’re] very hopeful that he wants to be part of our group.”
Hopefully for the Hawks, Hayes does decide to sign. He has the opportunity to really add to the team and give the Hawks further depth as his career progresses. And who knows, he could turn into the second-line center that the Hawks have been looking to fill.