John Hayden is a senior at the Yale University. Hayden was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2013. He was a third-round pick who played for the U.S. National Development Team from 2011-13.
He was elected captain of his college team this season and has excelled at Yale. Hayden has earned first-team All-Ivy League honors as one of two unanimous picks. He leads the Yale Bulldogs with a career-high 19 goals and also had a career-best 32 points.
Yale will take on Dartmouth in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Championships. While some rumors have surfaced that Hayden could opt for NCAA free agency like former college stars Jimmy Vesey and Kevin Hayes, Hayden has said he hopes to sign with the Blackhawks after his senior season ends.
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Hayden was another player who I had the pleasure of seeing play at prospect camp. He was the most impressive player not named Nick Schmaltz.
For a deeper look at Hayden, please check out this interview.
Anthony Louis is a senior at Miami University, in Ohio. He was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2013. He was sixth-round pick who played for the U.S. National Development Team for two seasons.
Louis is a local kid growing up in Winfield. Saturday will be Louis’ last home game as a senior for the Red and White. Louis has recorded a point in 25 of 30 games this season and leads the team in points with 36. He has 123 career points ( tied for 24th all-time) for the University of Miami, Ohio.
I was impressed with Louis at the Blackhawks’ prospect camp. Despite him being undersized, he was strong on the puck and had considerable skill. I fully expect him to sign his entry-level contract after his career in college is over.