Jeffrey T. Barnes

Fantasy Summary

A sturdy two-way defenseman who supports the play well and could be capable of moderate contributions in the NHL.


Observations

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July 2022 – Hajek was given a qualifying offer by New York, and signed a one year deal with the team for the 2022-2023 season.  The underwhelming defenseman, one of the main pieces heading to the Rangers in the disastrous trade deadline deal back in the 2018 season, has simply not lived up to expectations as of this writing. With plenty of depth in front of him on the NYR blueline and also in the minors, despite the fact that he is the 7th defenseman for the Rangers due to waivers ineligibility, Hajek appears to be out of chances to earn a permanent spot with the club. At this point, it appears likely that Hajek will be shopped now that he is under contract. Brendan Ferry

 

January 2020 – Hajek has been named to the Rangers taxi squad to begin the 2021 NHL campaign. Hajek’s development, while not entirely stagnant, has been slow enough over the last couple of years that other Rangers’ defense prospects have closed the gap on him in terms of the active depth chart. With K’Andre Miller, Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren on the active roster, and Matthew Robertson joining him on the taxi squad, Hajek is quickly becoming known as a notorious bubble player in the organization. His opportunity on the taxi squad will permit him to be on the Rangers’ short list of defensemen if the active roster is in need throughout the season, but it remains a less than ideal situation for him or his fantasy owners. Brayden Olafson

 

September 2020 – The New York Rangers have loaned Hajek to HC Olomouc of the Czech Extraliga. With the uncertainty surrounding the 2020-21 NHL season, this assignment