Maple Leafs prospect Jimmy Hayes has NHL hockey in his
blood, being second-cousins with longtime NHLers Tom Fitzgerald and Keith
Tkachuk. The six-foot-five, 220-pound 21-year-old has lived and
breathed hockey for a long time. The Boston College winger has already proven
he is an excellent skater. He also has experienced being part of some big-time
sports games. And since his dad is a ticket broker, he’s been to different
All-Star games, Super Bowls and World Series throughout his life.
Hayes also knows how to win. The Leafs could definitely use
some of that. He was part of the Boston College team that dominated Wisconsin
5-0 in April, to win the National Championship.
Hayes’ freshman season with Boston College wasn’t anything
worth bragging about. The hockey diehard scored eight goals, but admits he
spent most of his time just focusing on making the roster. In his sophmore year
he found the back of the net 13 times and added 22 assists.
He was only a healthy scratch for Boston for one game during
his rookie season with them. He admits to growing up a lot during his second
year though. He also thinks he’s grown a lot as a person in that time too.
Hayes was the 60th choice in the second round of
the 2008 draft. He isn’t a fighter, but thinks his speed can get him by at the
Look for Hayes to get some time with the Leafs this coming
season and hopefully he can make a strong impression.