Jimmy Hayes, Forward
DOB: 11/21/1989 Ht: 6’6 Wt: 221
Drafted: 2nd round (60th overall) by Toronto in 2008 – USHL
Made NHL debut 12/30/11 vs Detroit
Scored first NHL goal 1/2/12 vs Edmonton
Hayes got the call from Rockford in the middle of the 2011-12 season and showed flashes of being able to use his enormous body at the NHL level. He finished the year with five goals and four assists in 31 NHL games and seven goals with 16 assists in 31 AHL games with the IceHogs.
He’ll begin the 2012-13 season in Rockford because of the lockout, but his size makes him an intriguing player for Stan Bowman if/when the final roster is set for the coming NHL campaign.