According to Katie Flynn from “The Score”, Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has officially announced that they could not reach an agreement with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 entry draft, prospect Kevin Hayes. The Hawks will be compensated with the 54th overall pick in 2015.
General Manager Stan Bowman released a statement saying the following:
” We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract, Unfortunately, he felt it was in his best interest to become a free agent.”
Hayes has been playing for Boston College over the past four years and, after suffering an almost career-ending quad injury, exploded with 65 points in 48 games last year with the team. It is rumored that Hayes will want to sign with the Calgary Flames, with two of his linemates from Boston College already in the team’s system.
The Hawks had high hopes for Hayes, stating in their scouting report that “Kevin is a skilled power forward who plays with enthusiasm and drive.” Which is exactly what the Blackhawks need more of. But it seems as though he wants to switch things up and sign with a team that gives him a better opportunity to play every game. It probably would have been a few months into the season before the Hawks would have called upon Hayes to come up and play in the NHL, so not many would blame him for wanting to start fresh somewhere else, let’s just hope it’s not in St. Louis.
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