Various media outlets have alluded to something CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers tweeted a couple weeks ago: Boston College senior forward Kevin Hayes will not sign with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Hayes, who turns 22 on May 8, was the Hawks’ first round pick (24th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. He just completed a fantastic senior year, skating on a line with Hobey Baker winner Johnny Gaudreau. Unfortunately for BC, that season ended with a Frozen Four loss to Union.
In his first three years at Boston College, he registered 67 points (17 goals, 50 assists) in 102 games. He was limited to only 27 games in his mediocre junior year because of a suspension and subsequent injury.
In his senior year, Hayes posted 65 points (27 goals, 38 assists) in only 40 games.
Because Hayes played out his four year college commitment, the Hawks control his rights until Aug. 15. If his intentions are indeed to sign elsewhere, the Blackhawks can trade those rights before/at the NHL Draft.
Another Hawks draft choice from 2010, Notre Dame defenseman Stephen Johns signed with the team three days after his final season with the Fighting Irish came to a close. Johns signed a PTO with Rockford, and will begin a two-year entry-level deal with the Hawks in the fall.
Gaudreau and Bill Arnold – the other two-thirds of Boston College’s top line with Hayes – both signed with the Calgary Flames on Friday. Will the Flames want to keep the #trio referred to in a tweet from Hayes last night together?
— Kevin Hayes (@KevinPHayes12) April 11, 2014
Hayes’ older brother Jimmy was traded to Florida earlier this season.