John Hayden and the Chicago Blackhawks hope to come to terms this summer
In the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks selected forward John Hayden with the 74th pick of the third round. Since then, the development of Hayden within the Blackhawks system has been more than desirable for a prospect of his caliber.
So much so, in fact, that the Blackhawks felt that Hayden had earned himself an entry-level contract with the organization. Hayden chose to decline the contract and return to Yale University for his senior season, where he was named captain of the Bulldogs.
In his NCAA career, Hayden has skated in 119 games and has tallied 85 points (45 goals, 40 assists), including 28 points in 25 games this season. Yale has a 10-10-5 record though 25 games this year.
Having one of the best, if not the best season of his college career bodes well in the favor of Hayden as he comes closer to the deadline for he and the Blackhawks to strike a deal before becoming a college free agent.
He could easily test the waters of NHL free agency once the Blackhawks’ draft rights on him expire on August 16, but both sides feel like there are no issues standing in the way of a deal being put together.
With that in mind, we took some time to speak with Hayden in the midst of his college hockey season.