Flyers Trade for Rights to Kevin Hayes

Late Monday evening, the Flyers made their first roster move of the off-season acquiring the rights to Center Kevin Hayes from Winnipeg in exchange for a 5th round draft pick.

This will give the Flyers about 3 weeks of exclusive negotiating time before Hayes can interview with another team in preparation for the UFA period on July 1.

 

Kevin Hayes
Right Wing
Born May 8 1992  -- Dorchester, MA 
Height 6.05 -- Weight 216 -- Shoots L


Selected by Chicago Blackhawks round 1 #24 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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2010-11  Boston College              H-Eas  31    4   10   14    8
2011-12  Boston College              H-Eas  44    7   21   28   10
2012-13  Boston College              H-Eas  27    6   19   25   14
2013-14  Boston College              H-Eas  40   27   38   65   16
2014-15  New York Rangers            NHL    79   17   28   45   22  19   2   5   7   2
2015-16  New York Rangers            NHL    79   14   22   36   30   3   0   0   0   4
2016-17  New York Rangers            NHL    76   17   32   49   18  12   0   3   3   4
2017-18  New York Rangers            NHL    76   25   19   44   18  --  --  --  --  --
2018-19  New York Rangers            NHL    51   14   28   42   10
2018-19  Winnipeg Jets               NHL    20    5    7   12    2
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         NHL Totals                        381   92  136  228  100  34   2   8  10  10

Current statistics as of 2019-06-03 – via Hockey DB

 

As for the advanced stats, Hayes has some moderately favorable possession numbers with a high PDO. Playing in front of Henrik Lundqvist likely contributed to the PDO. While his raw Corsi (useful possession) is under 50% for his career, his slightly positive relative possession show that he drives possession relative to his teammates.
All in all, for contract purposes, Hayes will likely get a 5 or 6 year deal probably around 5.5-6M per season. For a 50 point 2nd line center, this is a pretty fair deal. The Flyers have the cap space to take it, and if they don’t get bogged down in a No-Trade situation, he becomes easily expendable if both Nolan Patrick and Morgan Frost pan out. And, if Frost ends up on the wing, then Hayes and Patrick taking the middle six center slots would be formidable behind Sean Couturier and ahead of Scott Laughton on the depth move.
All in all, this is a deal that has both potential for a 2020 to 2025 window depending on how the extension looks.
And, the Flyers still have 9 other picks, starting at 11th overall, in the 2019 draft.

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