Round 1 – 24th overall
Chicago Blackhawks – Kevin Hayes
6′ 2″ 201 – Right Wing, Nobles High School
Hayes is a big, burly winger with great scoring ability, who dominated during high school in Massachusetts. He’s a right winger, with a left handed shot who developed into more than just a goal scorer this past year, with 67 points in 28 games at Nobles High. He has flown under the radar a bit this year, although NHL Central Scouting had him ranked in the top 30 for the draft.
It’s going to take some time for him to make it to Chicago, but he’s exactly the type of player the Hawks needed to boost a system that was starting to get a bit thin at forward.