What New York Rangers Should Expect from Kevin Hayes in 2014-15

August 20th, 2014 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

The New York Rangers have a penchant for making big signings, and the trend continued with the signing of highly coveted free agent Kevin Hayes.

The signing was made official by the Rangers’ official Twitter account on Wednesday:

Hayes failed to come to an agreement with the Chicago Blackhawks, who selected him 24th overall in 2010, most likely because of the team’s depth preventing him from making the NHL.

Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times summed it up best with this tweet:

There has been a ton of fanfare over this prized free agent, but what can the Rangers expect from Hayes this season?

As Lazerus pointed out, Hayes was not going to make the Blackhawks' roster, but he will have a shot to make the Rangers out of training camp. There's a chance he could start with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack, but he will have a fair shot of making the opening-night roster.

Hayes comes with a pedigree of success—both in production and hardware—and the Rangers are hoping the 22-year-old, 6’5”, 225-pound ri ...

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