Blackhawks: Every First Round Pick Traded Away By Stan Bowman

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2010 – Kevin Hayes – 24th Overall

Stan Bowman went out and added Kevin Hayes in the 2010 NHL draft. While I do believe Hayes could have been something with the Blackhawks, he decided the Blackhawks were not the team for him and chose to sign elsewhere.

Obviously you never want to see a young prospect walk away in free agency, and the sad thing is it should always be avoidable. None of us were in the room with what happened to make Hayes walk away from the Blackhawks, but obviously something was not right.

Stan Bowman had this to say about Kevin Hayes when he walked away.

"We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract. Unfortunately, he felt it was in his best interests to become a free agent"

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This happened during the summer of 2014, which means Hayes walked away from the Blackhawks during what was the peak of the Blackhawks championship runs. How hard was it to pitch to Hayes to stay in Chicago and play for the Blackhawks?

Hayes has put up 270 points over the course of his 6 year NHL career thus far. Not bad for the former Blackhawk pick. The skill level between Hayes and the next playre on this list are not similar by any means.