John Hayden

by Tony Carr on March 2, 2018


John Hayden, C

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 223

Born: 1995-2-14

Hometown: Greenwich, CT, USA

Drafted: 2013 by Chicago Blackhawks, 74th overall








March 2018-  Despite starting the season in Chicago, Hayden never really got on track and had a difficult time producing at the highest level. A hitting machine that never shies away from the physical side of things, he needs to use his time in Rockford to rediscover his offensive game. Tony Carr

October 2017- Hayden is fitting in quite well, giving the Blackhawks a much needed physical presence. He currently leads the NHL in hits and has a highlight reel knockout of Minnesota's Marcus Foligno from an early season fight, all while chipping in with points in half of his games played. Tony Carr

April 2017- Hayden acquitted himself well in his short time with the Blackhawks this season. In 12 games, he managed a goal and three assists but more importantly he added some much needed grit, throwing an astounding 44 hits. That pace would put him amongst the top hitters in the league over an 82 game schedule. Expect him to be a full time Blackhawk next season. He has one year remaining on his current contract before becoming an RFA.  Tony Carr


March 2017- Hayden has signed a two year, entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. It is expected that he will join the team this year, thereby burning the first year of that contract, making him a free agent at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season. Tony Carr

February 2017- Hayden has been nominated for the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He is the lone nominee from the 34th ranked (RPI) Yale Bulldogs. Tony Carr


January 2017 – Hayden is having a great campaign as a senior for the Yale Bulldogs. He has become lethal on the powerplay and has shown up when it counts the most with 4 of his goals this season either tying or winning the game. His size remains one of his biggest assets and he has learned how to use it to his benefit, becoming a hard player to play against. Tony Carr


April 2016 – Hayden had a breakout year for the Yale Bulldogs in 2015-16, scoring more goals (16) than the previous two seasons combined. The 2013 third rounder has worked hard to improve his defensive game at Yale and has never been shy to throw his weight around in the offensive zone. Despite interest from the Blackhawks, Hayden decided to return for his senior season and was subsequently named the team captain for the 2016-17 campaign. Since he is returning for his senior year, we may see a similar situation that we have seen play out with Jimmy Vesey and the Nashville Predators this year. Hayden could wait until August 2017 and then sign anywhere as an unrestricted free agent. Stay tuned. Matt Donohue


December 2015 – Hayden is currently in his junior season at Yale, where he has three goals and two assists through nine games. After seasons of 16 and 18 points in his first two seasons respectively, Hayden is on a similar scoring pace in the early going of 2015-16. Despite not piling up gaudy offensive numbers in the NCAA, a 6’3 center will definitely get a shot at the next level. Hayden could sign at the conclusion of the college season and begin his pro career in Rockford. Matt Donohue


January 2015 – Through 16 games this season, Hayden leads the Yale Bulldogs in scoring with four goals and nine assists. As expected, he is shouldering more of the offensive load in 2014-15 as a sophomore. His strong play led him to be named an alternate captain of the U.S WJHC team in December, where he scored one goal in five games. Expect Hayden to remain at Yale for his junior year before potentially making the leap to the pro ranks in 2016. Matt Donohue


June 2014 – Hayden finished his freshman season with Yale second on the Bulldogs in rookie scoring. He will be returning to Yale in the fall with a chance to step up in a more offensive role. Still only 19, he has plenty of time to fill out his frame and develop the offensive tools to give him a chance at the next level. Matt Donohue


July 2013 – Hayden comes to the Hawks via the US National Team Development program. The big pivot brings with him an array of intangibles that will serve him well as his development continues. He possesses a strong work ethic, a willingness to mix it up along the boards, and a good net presence. His ultimate upside offensively is anybody’s guess at this point, but those intangibles and his size should set him up for at least checking line duty at the NHL level which will be worth watching for fantasy GM’s in multi-category leagues. He is willing to drop the gloves and has put up good PIM totals in the USNTDP. Hayden is committed to Yale for the upcoming season and may use a couple of years of eligibility before turning pro. Rex Doty



Fantasy Outlook: B-

Has improved offensively in the NCAA, and has the size and physicality to be a bottom forward down the road.




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