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Report: No Prospect Camp For Kevin Hayes

According to ESPNChicago, forward Kevin Hayes will not attend the upcoming Blackhawks’ prospect camp. The Blackhawks have until August 15 to sign him or he becomes an unrestricted free agent; Chicago would receive draft pick compensation if (when) Hayes becomes a free agent.

Hayes had 27 goals and 38 assists in 40 games and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as a senior at Boston College this past season. The Blackhawks selected him with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 draft.

18 thoughts on “Report: No Prospect Camp For Kevin Hayes

  1. I would be shocked if the Hawks signed this guy, clearly he doesn’t want to be here. If he did he would have signed already. SB has done a lot of good drafting; 2010 was not his best work, as a matter of fact it was his worst. Here are the 5 picks he got from busting up the 2010 cup team.

    1st round Hayes- most likely not signing here

    2nd round-(4 picks 4 years later zero NHL impact)

    Ludvig Rensfedt-complete bust wasn’t given a contract to say under the 50 player limit
    Justin Holl-still might be “something”….maybe
    Kent Simpson-AHL backup this season to Mac Carruth?
    Stephen Johns-The last pick in the 2nd round might be the best of all of them

  2. If a team can get 2-3 decent NHL players out of any single draft, I consider that to be a success in the current NHL.

    From the 2010 Draft class, the Hawks have:

    Stephen Johns (2 – 60)
    Joakim Nordstrom (3 – 90)
    Mac Carruth (7 – 191)

    We’ve seen a little bit of Nordstrom already, Johns should be ready to go soon, and Carruth could be a guy in the mix to replace Raanta in a year or two. So while Hayes, Rensfeldt, Holl and Simpson haven’t done anything, let’s not consider the class a bust.

    With that in mind, let’s consider how Bowman did in 2011:

    Mark McNeill
    Philip Danault
    Adam Clendening
    Brandon Saad
    Michael Paliotta
    Klas Dahlbeck
    Andrew Shaw

    We could very realistically see 7 of the team’s first 8 picks make an impact at the NHL level at some point in the next 24-36 months. That’s stunning.

  3. Won’t miss Kevin Hayes at all. You have to SERIOUSLY question his motivations and decision-making. Which is probably telltale sign that he’s going to have an erratic at best NHL future.

    Good riddance.

  4. Rufus I don’t agree with Hayes but try looking at it from his perspective he’s 23/24 (I believe) and ready to play in the NHL and get $$$. If he signs here there is very little chance he sees NHL ice, especially now that Morin has resigned for 2 years.

    Absolute best case he’s a 4th line winger on the Hawks this season. If he goes elsewhere he is a 3rd liner with a legit chance of seeing some NHL minutes. If he indeed goes to Calgary he’s a top 6 forward maybe.

    I’ll be curious to see how he plays in another city.

  5. I know we all wished that Hayes would have made some different choices the past 12 months. That said, I am with those who say let him walk. He obviously does not like the way the Hawks develop players.

    BTW has Hayes excelled at anything besides his 4th year in college. I am NOT knocking NCAA hockey one bit. However, the NCAA is a league where big guys can dominate simply because of their size. If Hayes doesn’t think he needs a year in the AHL and believes he has earned The Show……..I got some Spanish lingo for him, adios.

  6. I don’t agree with the Hayes bashing. I would like to know why he won’t sign. Maybe he is critical of how Q develops younger players and maybe he’s right to be critical. I don’t know, but I won’t bash him.

  7. What a toolbox. Attending an NHL training camp is a great way to push yourself, measure yourself and make connections which could prove valuable someday.

    He probably has scoped out an elevator he wants to crap in that week.

  8. With the system Bowman runs (locking up the core long term) we are always under the gun with regards to the Cap…and to boot, we have the most talented roster in the NHL, and there aren’t any top 6 spots open until next year (one), and then not for a couple years after that…so drafting College players has become a necessity for Bowman, as they are 4-6 years away when they are drafted, and their contract is controlled for another 2 years…the one drawback is that after the 4 years in school, they can choose not to sign…we have had lots of college kids already with lots more coming, one backfired, but we do get a 2nd round pick for him next year…so you live with the process as we really don’t have lots of other options…

    Excellent attitude Pete…I’d like to get there myself, I just don’t like all the subterfuge from the Haye’s camp…if he wasn’t going to sign, he should have declared it to the Hawks prior to the draft…although he might have, we really don’t know.

  9. Fuck’ m…let him go. He will regret not staying with this organization, to be sure. Enjoy your time in hockey purgatory.

  10. Writing was on the wall when Hayes retweeted #FreeMorin from Brandon Pirri during the playoffs.

  11. Good luck to Kevin Hayes wherever he ends up (except when/if he’s playing against the Hawks), I was hoping to see him in the Indianhead, but enjoyed watching him play at BC on NBCSN games. I wish he would stay, but I can completely understand why he wants to move on. I respect his decision to look for playing time more than I would if it was just a cash grab to get more salary.

  12. I don’t know how you all feel but….can Hayes live down his unprofessionalism as a member of the Hawks? I don’t think his attitude lost on those in Rockford or Chicago. If the Hawks really want him, can they offer him a one way contract??? If that contract is under some number ($925k I think) it will not burden our Cap when he is in Rockford will it??

  13. A lot of prospects have put their time in and payed their dues! It appears he doesn’t want to do that! He saw what happened to Jimmy and it might have scared him. He wants to go to a team and play immediately! Is it just me, or does he sound a little arrogant or maybe spoiled? Don’t need any player that doesn’t want to earn his way on the team!!

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