Panthers Preview: The Return of Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen

On Sunday night, a couple former Blackhawks prospects will return to the United Center wearing a Florida Panthers’ sweater. And, since being dealt, Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen have taken advantage of their new opportunity.

Jimmy Hayes

Hayes and Olsen were traded to Florida for Kris Versteeg and forward Philippe Lefebvre. Since the deal, Versteeg has posted two goals and five assists in 12 games with Chicago.

In 10 games with the Panthers, Hayes has scored three goals and been credited with an assist while averaging 9:24 per game. He also has 25 hits and four blocked shots.

In six games, Olsen also has four points (one goal, three assists) while averaging 17:57 per game. Olsen has been credited with 15 hits and 11 blocked shots. Interestingly, Olsen has averaged 2:02 per game short-handed. Keep in mind, though, that Florida ranks 28th in the NHL in penalty killing at 76.4 percent (the Hawks are 29th).

The Panthers won in Detroit on Saturday night, with Hayes’ third goal tying the game in the second period.

Florida comes in seventh in the Atlantic Division with 23 points (9-16-5), but have won two in a row and are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. The Panthers rank 27th in the NHL with 98 goals against, and are tied with the Rangers for 26th in the NHL with only 68 goals scored.

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6 Responses to Panthers Preview: The Return of Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen

  1. Mike says:

    We knew these were decent players but I still think this was a good trade for both clubs. The Hawks have several prospects that are as good or better than these guys. The fact that Q likes veterans plays a big part.

    I see Nordstrom played for the Icehogs last night. Will he be in Chicago tonite?? Good game for top prospects in a 5-3 win. Kostka; assist and +3. Nordstrom; goal, assist and +4. Pirri; 2 assists and +3. Ross; 2 goals and +2. All of these players would be on the roster of several teams. Do not lament the loss of Hayes and Olsen.

  2. wall says:

    Yup… most knew these guys would be NHL player’s just not a lot of room w/ Hawks and Hawks looking for more speed/agility/ and role types…

    BUT- as JS pointed out… only concern for me/will Kevin Hayes WANT to sign w/ Hawks… KHayes IS the better skater/playmaker that the Hawks wanted… He is having a Great year at BC thus far… Hinostroza would also be top 20 scorer- but he has missed several games.

    Most of the Hawk Prospects are having great years in College Hockey (most Freshman- Hino, Motte, Louis, Johnson)- It’s interesting that the Hawks seem to be Targeting the USA/College types in their picks.

    I still think Morin is a top line scorer (just don’t know if it is w Hawks) but that is where he will play his best (Kind of same w/ JHayes- good hands/size- but don’t want him checking top 6 players in D zone)

  3. Sr. Brad says:

    Its no surprise because they can play…I haven’t said anything about them to this point, since the trade, but it was a good deal for Florida and for the Hawks…but as Mike said, it doesn’t matter that “they can play” because there are lots of players right now who can “play” and Q doesn’t play them…Pirri lit up the rink last night, and just shows that he doesn’t belong in the AHL…Nordstrom had a fantastic game…McNeil has been great, Danault has been good, Garret Ross has been outstanding, as has Clendening and Dahlbeck…but it doesn’t matter…the kids that are coming up are getting jerked around by Q…only Ben Smith has overcome this prejudice by player stellar hockey night in and night out…

    So, good for Jimmy and Dylan…they are good kids with a good future…not just average…and when the Hawks dump Pirri and Morin they are going to become key players for their new teams…but none of these guys can play for Q…a guy who skates Handzus at 2nd line centre, who’s not only been slow and awful offensively, but slow and weak on defence…but still gets that free ride…maybe Bollig can play 2nd line centre and skate 20 minutes a night…good move, it gives us that physical presence we have been missing in the middle…

    So many here, led by my friend Wall, think that the Hawks system is filled with average prospects and few headliners…and while he’s right that we don’t necessarily have a ton of headliners (TT, Clendening, Kevin Hayes), we do possess a TON of GOOD and not average prospects…and these kids will play and contribute in the NHL whether its with the Hawks or not…and Q needs to realize that he has to play these kids and BUILD their confidence so that we have depth and little transition going from season to season…this is why Q is NOT a GM…he thinks and lives game to game…Bowman can’t afford to have this mentality, so naturally there is a “divide” between them as there is ANY coach/gm that isn’t the same person.

  4. shamrock says:

    Sr. Brad is right. Both Pirri and Morin look like they will be dealt. They certainly aren’t getting enough playing time from Q. Part of this the fact the hawks are contenders for another cup and don’t want to jeapordize that by playing rookies but the most concerning part is if Q can’t or won’t develop players. To have a healthy franchise there has to be some movement of players from the ahl to the big team. Right now ahl players in the hawks system have no reason to believe that they will get a legit shot at making the nhl team. I am not saying you force young or poorly developed players onto your nhl roster but the hawks also have to provide hope that if you are in their farm system you will get a legit shot at sticking with the big team if called up.

  5. Mike R. says:

    I RESPECTFULLY disagree (one Blackhawks fan to another) with both Sr. Brad and shamrock regarding Quenneville’s ability to groom and bring in prospects.

    For starters, let’s look at their current roster and the young guys who have been brought along over the last four years under Quenneville’s watch: Shaw, Kruger, Saad, Leddy, Smith, Bollig, and Bickell (yes, I get that Bollig and Bickell are not exactly “young” guys anymore, 26 and 27 respectively). That is a significant number of players on a team that was one of, if not the, deepest team(s) in the NHL during those years, and still is today. Off the top of my head, I cannot think of a top ten team (let alone a top five team) in this league who has brought along more young players over the last four years and are firmly cemented into their team’s roster today.

    Secondly, developing players is not really Q’s job. His job is to get wins and, ultimately, bring home the Stanley Cup. He’s done that twice in the last four years. Case closed.

    On a team as deep as the Blackhawks, with the expectation of winning the Cup as high as theirs is, there is absolutely no reason for 19 and 20 year olds to be playing reduced minutes. Let’s not forget that Handzus had 11 points in the playoffs last year, including a huge shorthanded marker in Game 4 against the Bruins (already down 2-1 in that series), while playing with a completely bum wrist. Yes, he’s old and slow and showing extreme wear and fatigue, but for this one last year, he’s a better bet than Pirri and co.

    Their time will come, whether with us or elsewhere (the luxury of being such a deep team!), but hockey is about the here and now. I don’t know about you, but celebrating another Cup victory next June will feel a whole heck of a lot better than losing in the second round, but feeling encouraged by the progress made by a Pirri or a Morin.

  6. Tab Bamford says:

    Mike R appears to have allowed himself to remember prospects other than Pirri, Morin, Hayes & Olsen…. well done sir.

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