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Winnipeg Jets Acquire Kevin Hayes From Rangers

Just like last year at the trade deadline, the Winnipeg Jets have loaded up with some center depth as they’ve traded for center Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers.

Hayes is a 6’5″ center who can also play some wing and has been a strong top six forward for the Rangers since his debut in 2014. He does have size, but uses it more for leverage than rugged physical play. He’s a pending UFA this summer and it’s tough to see the Jets having the room re-sign him for the 5+ million he would likely ask for, so this is purely a rental type situation.

Kevin Hayes NHL Statistics
Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal Goal Goal Assi Assi Assi Shot Shot Shot Ice
Season Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2014-15 NYR 79 17 28 45 15 22 15 1 1 1 24 4 0 111 15.3 180 13:02 248 430 36.6 33 56 43 40
2015-16 NYR 79 14 22 36 4 30 11 3 0 3 19 3 0 133 10.5 245 13:40 137 244 36.0 23 59 24 42
2016-17 NYR 76 17 32 49 10 18 15 1 1 4 20 6 6 143 11.9 246 16:34 442 526 45.7 30 40 54 66
2017-18 NYR 76 25 19 44 1 18 17 6 2 4 17 2 0 172 14.5 268 17:21 562 550 50.5 36 40 52 63
2018-19 NYR 51 14 28 42 1 10 9 3 2 1 19 8 1 119 11.8 233 19:27 373 395 48.6 12 51 48 53
Career 5 yrs 361 87 129 216 31 98 67 14 6 13 99 23 7 678 12.8 1172 15:44 1762 2145 45.1 134 246 221 264

As for the price, it’s a reasonable one for the Jets as that 1st round pick will be in the mid 20’s (if not a bit lower) and forward Brendan Lemieux who really did impress while in his last run with the Jets while Nik Ehlers was injured.

The Jets “conditional pick” has turned out to be a fourth round pick should the Jets win the Stanley Cup with Hayes in the lineup.

This deal more than likely means the Jets are out of the running for Mark Stone out of Ottawa, but they might not be done as a left handed defenseman is still high up on the shopping list, especially after the injury to Josh Morrissey last night.

Stay tuned…