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Kevin Hayes | Winger

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/8/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 201

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The injury to Derek Stepan could mean that Kevin Hayes cracks the lineup out of training camp as a winger.
The 22-year-old former first round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks could return to his roots over the last two seasons as a right winger after playing most of training camp in the middle. "I want to see him on the right side also," coach Alain Vigneault said. "For a player coming in, playing defense and playing center are challenging positions. So far, what I've seen from Hayes, I've liked. I've seen a lot of upside. But from talking to him briefly and having [associate coach Scott Arniel] talk to him a little bit more at length, we know he's more comfortable at wing, so I think at some point here as we move forward, we’re probably going to try him there." Stay tuned. Sep 27 - 9:28 AM
Source: NY Post

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Kevin Hayes has been utilized as a center at the beginning of New York's training camp.

He's been seeing time between Mats Zuccarello and Chris Bourque thus far. Hayes has played center before during his college career, but he spent his last two seasons as a right winger.
Sep 20 - 3:06 PM

New York Rangers college free agent pickup Kevin Hayes apparently looked "dominant" in Traverse City Tournament play on Saturday.

Obviously that only means so much at this time of year, but Hayes could be an interesting project for a Rangers team that needs to replace some departed depth from their 2014 Stanley Cup Final run.
Sep 13 - 3:03 PM

Now that Brad Richards, Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett are no longer with the New York Rangers, newcomer Kevin Hayes believes he has a chance to make the team in training camp.

That's largely why the left winger chose to sign a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Rangers earlier this month. "At the end of my BC career we sat down with my family and thought that it was best to explore other options," Hayes told the Rangers' web site. "It wasn’t really hectic cause I wasn’t allowed to talk to anyone until Aug. 15 so I basically had a free three months to train, hang out and relax. But ever since Aug. 15, it’s been pretty hectic. Ultimately I chose the Rangers and I’m extremely excited about it." Hayes' two-year contract has the potential to rise to an annual average value of $3.75 million if his bonuses are met. He'll be given a look at training camp, but if he goes to the minors then he'll make $67,500.
Sep 1 - 9:58 PM

Kevin Hayes will earn a base salary of $900,000 if he plays in the NHL during the 2014-15 campaign, according to

Hayes' two-year contract has the potential to rise to an annual average value of $3.75 million if his bonuses are met. He'll be given a look at training camp, but if he goes to the minors then he'll make $67,500.
Aug 20 - 7:50 PM

Kevin Hayes has agreed to terms with the New York Rangers.

He became a free agent this past weekend when the Chicago Blackhawks were unable to sign him. Hayes was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He broke out last season with Boston College, scoring 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games, while playing alongside NCAA point leader Johnny Gaudreau.
Aug 20 - 11:59 AM

Kevin Hayes will reportedly make a decision on Wednesday on where he'll play.

Most insiders believed that a team would be chosen by the end of Tuesday, but that didn't happen. According to Mark Divver of The Providence Journal, Hayes will not be choosing the Boston Bruins.
Aug 20 - 10:12 AM

All was quiet on the Kevin Hayes front during the first two days of his UFA eligibility as rumors continue to swirl where the NCAA standout forward might end up after he turned down the Blackhawks' contract offer.

Hayes was runner up for the college hockey MVP last year after lighting it up for Boston College with 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games. After finishing his college career, the 22 year-old preferred to become a free agent rather than sign with Chicago and work his way up their loaded depth chart. Reports have linked a handful of teams to the pursuit of the versatile forward who can play both center and right wing. Hayes will apparently narrow down his options early next week. It's worth noting that the Calgary Flames own the rights to Hayes' two linemates at Boston College, John Gaudreau and Bill Arnold.
Aug 17 - 11:00 AM

The Blackhawks won't reach an agreement with pending unrestricted free agent Kevin Hayes.

"We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract," Chicago GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. "Unfortunately, he felt it was in his best interests to become a free agent. We are looking forward to the compensatory draft pick we are receiving and are focused on the excitement surrounding the start of training camp next month." The Hawks will receive a second-round pick (54th overall) in the 2015 draft when Hayes becomes a UFA on Saturday.
Aug 15 - 6:34 PM

There's plenty of speculation that the Calgary Flames will target Kevin Hayes when he becomes a free agent on Saturday.

The prospect of reuniting with Boston College linemates Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold is tantalizing after they dominated the NCAA ranks last year. Obviously, Calgary GM Brad Treliving was tight-lipped about the possibility on Thursday because Hayes' rights are still owned by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Aug 15 - 12:33 PM

Kevin Hayes can become an unrestricted free agent on Saturday at midnight if a contract isn't worked out with the Blackhawks.

Hayes' agent, Robert Murray, said Thursday that it's "not likely" that Hayes will sign with Chicago before the deadline. He has played the past four seasons at Boston College and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award last year. Hayes had 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games, while playing with NCAA star Johnny Gaudreau, who ended up winning the Hobey Baker Award in 2014. If he hits free agency then the Hawks haven't been ruled out as a landing destination, but he should attract interest from plenty of other teams.
Aug 14 - 2:03 PM

The New York Rangers are reportedly interested in unsigned prospect Kevin Hayes.

Hayes is only under Chicago's control until August 15. If he doesn't sign by then, he'll become an unrestricted free agent and can join any team. Hayes, who has experience playing alongside Rangers forward Chris Kreider, would have a good chance of making the Rangers' opening game roster if he decides to sign with them. He had 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games with Boston College last season.
Jul 17 - 10:20 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to sign former first round pick Kevin Hayes in the off-season.

Hayes was selected with the 24th pick in the 2010 draft and spent four seasons with Boston College. He became a left winger this past season after three years at center and responded with a 27 goal and 65 point season in 40 games after picking up only 17 goals and 50 assists in his first three college seasons which spanned 102 games. "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," GM 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." His brother Jimmy was a member of the Blackhawks organization before he was dealt to Florida in the Kris Versteeg deal in November.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 7 - 7:26 AM

Kevin Hayes is expected to return to Boston College for his senior year.

Hayes had six goals and 25 points in 27 games. After he finishes his college career, he should join the AHL to finish out the season. Beyond that, there's always a chance he'll make his NHL debut as a late season call up. Hayes was taken with the 24th overall pick in 2010.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 08:16:00 AM

Kevin Hayes sought advice from his older brother, Jimmy Hayes, who broke into the NHL last season.

"The big thing Jimmy talks to me about is consistency," said Kevin. "He says that's the main thing to look for up with the big club. He said just make sure you play like yourself; there's a reason why they drafted you." Kevin is taking part in the Blackhawks' prospect camp. He's spent two seasons with Boston College after Chicago took him with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Fri, Jul 13, 2012 10:33:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Derek Stepan
2Derick Brassard
3Dominic Moore
4Chris Mueller
LW1Chris Kreider
2Carl Hagelin
3Ryan Malone
4J.T. Miller
5Tanner Glass
6Matthew Lombardi
7Nick Tarnasky
8Chris Bourque
RW1Martin St. Louis
2Mats Zuccarello
3Rick Nash
4Lee Stempniak
5Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Daniel Girardi
3Dan Boyle
4Marc Staal
5Kevin Klein
6John Moore
7Matt Hunwick
8Conor Allen
9Mike Kostka
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cameron Talbot