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.
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.