According to multiple media outlets, Boston College forward Jimmy Hayes has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. Hayes’ contract does not take effect until the 2011-2012 season and will have an average annual cap hit of $654,167.
Hayes will report to the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate Rockford Ice Hogs to finish out the season on an amateur tryout agreement to get his first taste of professional hockey in the Ice Hogs final seven games of the season.
Not and original draft pick of the Blackhawks, Hayes was acquired during 2010 NHL draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 43rd overall (Brad Ross), Hayes’ brother Kevin was also selected by the Blackhawks in 2010 with the 24th overall . Hayes was originally drafted in 2008 with the 60th pick in the draft by the Leafs and was solid in his first two college seasons while under Leaf control.
During Hayes’ tenure at Boston College he posted 81 points in 117 games and scored 68 of those points in his sophomore and junior seasons. It will be interesting to see how Hayes can translate his collegiate success to the professional circuit but with is big 6’5″ frame, solid hands and knack for driving to the net his ceiling is high.
Although Hayes does have the large frame he isn’t know for his physical play in the NCAA but with him making the jump to the professional ranks it will be something that he will need to develop if he does hope to be an effective power forward in the NHL.
It is likely we will not see Hayes in the NHL for at least a season and possibly two, it is good to see him getting into the fold and hopefully with some experience in the AHL he can develop his game and one day play an important role for the Blackhawks.