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Surefire NHL player with top six upside and middle six floor.


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November 2022- After showing some real offensive promise to finish off 2021-22 season, expectations were high for Hayton this year. He trained hard in the summer, lost weight and looked great in preseason. Unfortunately, none of that carried over into the regular season as Hayton has struggled. He has just three assists in 18 games, one of the lowest point totals on Arizona. Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny believes Hayton is pressing too hard to live up to his expectations. There has been talk from fans about sending him to Tucson, but he would have to clear waivers which would likely see another team claim him. Hayton needs to work himself through this. Keith Duggan

March 2022- Since returning from a hand injury in late February, Hayton’s play has been much better, putting up some good offensive numbers. He has five points in his last five games, scoring a real beauty against Winnipeg Duggan

November 2021- After beginning 2021-22 in the AHL with Tucson, one assist in four games, Hayton was recalled to Arizona as injuries hit the big club. He has two goals and three points in 14 games, both those tallies coming in one game. He’s received solid playing time compared to past years, 16:11 average time on ice and 2:12 power play TOI. It’s great to see Hayton play a more prominent role with Arizona, hopefully the points start coming too. Keith Duggan

May 2021- It was a tough campaign for Hayton, as he struggled offensively in the AHL. At six goals and 10 points in 26 games, that wasn’t the production you were looking for from a player who is expected to be the future number one center for the Coyotes. Five of those points came in the last six games of the season when Hayton seemed to come alive. All of this looks as though Hayton will need more time to develop his game and most likely spends next year in the AHL also. Don’t give up on the young pivot yet but it looks as though it’s going to be a little longer of wait before he makes an impact in the NHL. Keith Duggan

February 2021- Through 14 games with the Coyotes, Hayton has two goals and one assist. He has played up and down the lineup, spending time with a array of different linemates, trying to find a mix that works. Hayton averaged 11:29 of time on ice, which was one of the lowest on the team, never really cracking a spot in the teams top six. After being a healthy scratch for two straight games, the Coyotes decided to get Hayton more playing time and sent him to the team’s AHL affiliate in Tucson. While this seems disappointing for the fifth-overall pick from 2018, this will give him an opportunity to log heavy minutes at the center position in all situations for the Roadrunners. The pressure will be less and he can develop his game without the fear of finding himself a healthy scratch like with the Coyotes. All of this should result in a more confident Hayton when he returns to the Arizona lineup after a strong performance in the AHL. Keith Duggan

January 2021- After racking up four helpers in eight games playing for Ilves in Finland, Hayton has returned to North America, where not surprisingly he made the Coyotes opening night roster. So far he has seen limited playing time again but scored an impressive first goal of the campaign. Keith Duggan

October 2020- The Coyotes have loaned Hayton out to the Finnish league’s Liiga, where he will suit up for Ilves. When NHL training camps open, Hayton will return to North America. This is an excellent opportunity for the young pivot to get some quality playing time in a top league. Especially considering between NHL, AHL and the World Junior Tournament, Hayton only appeared in 32 games last year. Keith Duggan

September 2020- Part of the Coyotes expanded roster for the 2020 playin’s/playoff’s it was unexpected if Hayton would see any playing time with him having trouble cracking the lineup during the regular season. With Nick Schmaltz dealing with an injury though, Hayton appeared in three games going scoreless. Seeing minimal playing time, the experience was still invaluable to the youngster. The Coyotes are in dire need of a number one center to lead their offense and while they won’t rush Hayton into that role, he looks to be the best bet right now. Don’t be surprised to see Hayton spend some time in the AHL though in 2020-21, where he can see more consistent playing time. Keith Duggan

March 2020- After an impressive conditioning stint in the AHL, Hayton returned to Arizona, where he appeared in a few games for the Coyotes but spent most of his time as a healthy scratch. Keith Duggan

February 2020- Fully recovered from his shoulder injury, Hayton has been assigned to the Coyotes AHL team, Tucson, on a conditioning stint. Since returning to Arizona after the World Juniors, he had been practicing with the Coyotes, wearing a no-contact jersey. As a domestic junior player, Hayton can only play in the AHL for 14 days under NHL rules. At that point he either goes back up to Arizona or will have to return to the OHL. In three games for Tucson he’s been a point-per-game player and has been very impressive as one of the team’s top players. Keith Duggan

January 2020- It was nothing short but a very memorable 2020 World Junior Championship for Barrett Hayton. He finished as one of the best players for the whole tournament as Canada won the gold medal. Hayton placed second among top scorers with six goals and 12 points in seven games, along with being voted to the media all-star team. It was the final game though that will put Hayton in all-time Canadian World Junior lore. After leaving the semi-final game against Finland with a Grade I shoulder separation, it seemed pretty much definite he would miss the gold medal game against Russia. Not only did Hayton play, he contributed, scoring the game-tying tally for Canada. He also caused a minor controversy earlier in the tournament, when after losing to Russia during pool play, Hayton didn’t remove his helmet during the Russian national anthem. He issued an apology soon after, saying he was “lost in the moment”. He now heads back to the Coyotes, where Hayton’s role won’t be as large, especially with that Grade I shoulder separation. Keith Duggan

December 2019- Hayton has been named Team Canada’s captain for the upcoming World Junior Championship. He’s the only player on the team with NHL experience along with being a returning member from last years squad. Keith Duggan

December 2019- The Coyotes have announced that they loaned out Hayton to Team Canada for the 2020 World Junior Championship. He gives the team a big boast as Hayton will be a leader for Canada along with playing a significant role offensively. Despite making the Coyotes as a 19-year-old, he hasn’t really played much with the team so far. Hayton suited up for 14 NHL games, recording one goal and three assists. He’s found himself a frequent healthy scratch and when in the lineup, Hayton often registers a team-low in minutes played. He is averaging 11:08 in ice time, and played only 7:59 in his last game with the Coyotes before being loaned out to Team Canada. When the tournament ends the Coyotes announced Hayton will rejoin them but don’t be surprised if he heads back to Sault Ste. Marie to finish out the season. Keith Duggan

October 2019- Hayton made his NHL debut on October 10th, recording his first NHL point in the game, a secondary assist on Nick Schmaltz’s first period goal, as well as his first NHL minor penalty. Since then though, getting into the Coyotes lineup has proven difficult so far for Hayton, as he’s been a healthy scratch in seven of the team’s first ten games. With an injury to Brad Richardson, an opportunity opened for the rookie. Playing on a line with Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland, Hayton potted his first NHL goal The Coyotes have brought Hayton along very slowly, so it’s hard to say if he’ll stay in the lineup and what his role going forward will be. When in the lineup though, he’s been impressive. Keith Duggan

October 2019- To no one’s surprise, Hayton has made the Coyotes opening night roster for 2019-20 season. What his role will be and how much he plays are still up in the air at the moment but still exciting news for the Coyotes top prospect as Hayton begins his NHL future. Keith Duggan

June 2019- Knocked out in the second round of the OHL playoffs by Saginaw (and fellow Coyote prospect Ivan Prosvetov) was a disappointing finish for Hayton and Sault Ste. Marie, 2018-19 season would still be deemed a success for the young pivot. The Coyotes wanted to see more offense in his game and Hayton came through, producing consistently all year, whether it was regular season, playoff’s or at the 2019 WJC. He further developed his skating, improved his shot and continued to hone an already strong 200-foot game. Arizona felt Hayton was good enough to make the team this past year but thought another season of development to work on some things in his game would be best. Now they feel he’s ready for the next challenge and expect him to make the Coyotes for 2019-20. Keith Duggan

March 2019- It was an excellent regular season for the Coyotes top prospect. They wanted to see Hayton show more offense in 2018-19 and mission accomplished. He finished with 26 goals and 66 points in 39 games, his 1.69 points per game the third best in the OHL. Hayton most likely would have finished as one of the top scores had he not missed time between starting the year with the Coyotes, playing in the WJC and missing nine games with a late season injury. He also continues to show leadership as Sault Ste. Marie’s captain and played a strong two-way game. Hayton now hopes to lead the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on a long playoff run. Keith Duggan

January 2019- While it was a disappointing finish for Canada at the WJHC, Hayton had a solid tournament. He finished with four assists in five games and had a positive impact when on the ice. Hayton was named player of the game after assisting on the game-winning goal in Canada’s 3-2 victory over Switzerland. He now heads back to the OHL where he’s been one of the top players in the league this season. Keith Duggan

December 2018- Having an excellent season so far it wasn’t a surprise to see Hayton getting invited to Canada’s World Junior Championship camp. The Coyotes expected to see more offense out of Hayton this campaign and thus far he hasn’t let them down, racking up 15 goals and 33 points in 20 games so far. It would be a huge surprise to not see him make Team Canada for the 2019 WJHC. Keith Duggan

October 2018- He never appeared in a Coyotes game but Hayton did receive some valuable experience spending the first week of the campaign with the big club. After that and feeling better from his upper-body injury, Hayton was returned to the Sault Ste. Greyhounds where he’s expected to have a big season. He’s hasn’t disappointed, being promptly named captain of the team on his return and racking up three goals and six points in his first three games with the Greyhounds. Keith Duggan

October 2018- While not a huge surprise after how excited the Coyotes were when they drafted Hayton fifth overall this past draft, it still raised a few eyebrows to see him make Arizona’s opening night roster. With injuries to Alex Galchenyuk and Christian Dvorak (both not expected to be long term injuries), the Coyotes lacked center depth and that helped Hayton’s cause big time. He’s still not expected though to play in the season opener against Dallas. Hayton only appeared in two preseason games with Arizona, suffering a upper-body injury (suspected to be a concussion) in the second contest. Asked if Hayton would play in a game or just observe before heading back to junior, Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet had this to say: “You never say never, but obviously right now he’s going to stay with us until he feels better and starts getting some practices in. Then we’ll decide what we’re going to do with him.” From the sounds of this quote it doesn’t seem like Hayton is a 100 percent himself yet so most likely when he starts feeling better and the Coyotes center depth improves he most likely heads back to the OHL. Keith Duggan

July 2018- The Coyotes wasted no time, signing their 2018 first-round pick to a three-year, entry-level contract. Even though Hayton will most likely get a long look in camp expect him to return for at least one more season of juniors. Keith Duggan

June 2018- The Coyotes surprised many by drafting Hayton fifth overall, a prospect that didn’t slot in many people’s mock draft top ten lists. Nevertheless he was Coyotes General Manager John Chayka’s guy, saying the team started getting obsessed with him around Christmastime. Chayka on Hayton after the first round: “He’s a natural center. He plays through the middle of the ice. He breaks pucks out. He contributes on the offensive side of the puck and makes a lot of plays. There’s not a hole in his game. It’s tough to find those types of guys.” Keith Duggan

March 2018 – Hayton is having a strong draft year and is a draft ranking riser. After a quick start with Canada at the Ivan Hlinka posting six points in five games, he has exploded offensively on the powerhouse Greyhounds playing primarily on a line with star power the like of Morgan Frost, Boris Katchouk, and Taylor Raddysh. Hayton is producing around a point per game offensive production and his game may lack some of the flashy offensive aspects that garner a lot of attention, he certainly possesses plenty of skill. Hayton is drawing comparisons to Patrice Bergeron in that he plays a smart game and is reliable on both sides of the puck. The Hounds deploy him on their first unit penalty kill, and his 17 powerplay points are a testament to his deployment on the man advantage as well.

Skating has improved since his rookie year and he really has no holes in his game, Hayton has good size, hands, smarts and skill. He may lack any elite level attributes, but he is above average across the board and projects as a surefire NHL player with top six upside and a fantasy relevant floor. Peter Harling

Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 9.9
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 9, 2000
Height 6‘1”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 5


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