Jimmy Hayes made his Chicago Blackhawks debut on December 30th and made 31 appearances during the regular season, and he was on the ice for the final two playoff games of the Phoenix Coyotes series. Hayes is a big kid that held his own with the other “young guns” that were called up this season. He has the potential and the talent to become the big man in front of the net on special teams and a guy that creates havoc on the bottom two lines. He has good hands and was very aggressive on the fore check throughout most of his games played. The Hawks have been searching for a physical player since the Stanley Cup victory, and Hayes along with Bryan Bickell are guys on the present roster that have the size and ability to fill that role, but need to seize the opportunity next season. Hayes did score a power play goal and when on the ice in special team should be parked in front of the opposing goalie. The future is there for Hayes to grab it, next season should be a good tell on where his career will be headed.
Hayes is signed through 2013-2014 for a salary cap hit of $875,000
Hayes should start on bottom two lines and get a shot on the power play, but with new assistant coach coming in he could still end up starting the season in the minors. Coach Quenneville did show confidence in Hayes by playing him in the final two games of the playoffs. His future is bright along with the minor league system that GM Stan Bowman is building.
After a good start he stop finding the score sheet. His work ethic kept his grade average.