Barrett Hayton

Arizona Coyotes
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Fantasy Summary

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


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 9, 2000
Height 6‘1”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 5

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Peterborough Petes Min Mdgt AAA ETAMMHL 36 19 14 33 18 |          
 2015-2016 Toronto Red Wings Min Midget AAA GTMMHL 59 36 37 73 - |          
  Toronto Red Wings Min Midget AAA OHL Cup 5 4 2 6 0 |          
  Team GTHL Blue OGC-16 5 3 0 3 2 |          
 2016-2017 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 63 9 18 27 36 | Playoffs 9 2 0 2
  Canada White U17 WHC-17 6 1 1 2 2 |          
 2017-2018 Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 3 3 6 2 |          
  Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 63 21 39 60 32 | Playoffs 24 8 13 21 16 
 2018-2019 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 39 26 40 66 42 | Playoffs 11 6 10 16 16 
  Canada U20 WJC-20 5 0 4 4 0 |          

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