Hours after the Chicago Blackhawks and NHL office made his first professional hockey contract official, Jimmy Hayes got his first experience in the pro ranks for the Rockford IceHogs.
Under the guise of an amateur-try out contract, Hayes made his debut in Cleveland on Wednesday night as the IceHogs took on the Lake Erie Monsters. Hayes’ entry-level pro contract with the Hawks kicks in on July 1st.
Hayes acquitted himself quite well in his unofficial pro debut. He exhibited nice hands, decent wheels and didn’t seem too out of place all things considered. The adjustment from college to the pro-pace wasn’t too much of a factor, at least in Lake Erie. Oklahoma City on Friday poses a different challenge.
On his first shift, skating with Mathis Olimb and Ben Smith on the Hogs’ second-line Hayes showed good strides in transition leading a Hogs’ odd-man rush up the right side boards. Hayes strung a slick pass just an inch or two further than Olimb could handle though, coming down just left of the slot and they didn’t get a scoring chance there.
In the middle period, Hayes again led a rush, but it also amounted to nothing. Hayes was carrying the lead with Olimb and Andy Bohmbach on a 3-on-2, but Hayes lost the handle as he strode through the right circle. He finished the game with three shots. He’s not shy on the body but it appears he prefers to use his stick and he’ll have to shake that too much finesse with his head down college habit. So its great for the Hawks, and IceHogs, Hayes is able to join up for some valuable minutes before an all-important off season.
Before the game Bill Peters noted he plans to dress Hayes in all seven (Wednesday included) of the IceHogs remaining games. Peters was down six regulars (add another if you count Jeremy Morin) on Wednesday, so Hayes saw as much or more ice time as he figures to get in any single outing over the final two weeks of the season. Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs, News and Notes
Tagged Adam Bennett, Alec Richards, Bob Pulford, Brandon Pirri, Brian Connelly, David Pacan, Dylan Olsen, Garnet Exelby, Hannu Toivonen, Jason Bacashihua, Jeff Taffe, Jimmy Hayes, Kyle Hagel, Lake Erie Monsters, Mathis Olimb
A special Friday afternoon edition of TheThirdManIn~Radio today. Dieter Kurtenbach joins me to break down the Jack Skille-Michael Frolik trade piece by piece. We also have a long discussion and share our take on the process of how trade rumors take a life of their own, the true villains in the process and the relationship between main stream or professional reporters, amateurs, hobbyists, pretenders and the general audience. That and so much more.
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Friday February 11, 2011 ~ 2pm central (original air)
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More on this show….
– Michael Frolik not so “versatile” after all
– Where newest Hawk fits best
– Comparisons to Kris Versteeg
– Michael Grosek (I resisted the Nikita Alexeev urge)
– Reflections of the Jack Skille Experience
– Will Skille score 20 in South Florida?
– The Skille-Chicago match
– Particular thing the trade didn’t accomplish
– Why Alexander Salak may have been available?
– What made Salak’s inclusion in this deal particularly strange
– Dale Tallon giving up on two 2006 1st rounder in 4 months
– Word on two Hawks’ recent goaltending draft picks
– Q, again, refusing to put his best lineup on the ice
– Perfect sense flying over Quenneville’s head
– Most important line in hockey
– Love for the Mike Fisher deal
– Some ideas for if the Blackhawks fall out of the chase
– Zach Bogosian not in play for Chicago
– A all of a sudden a web site has gone all Eklund on the Internet
– Hawks defense a sloppy mess even in victory
– Block predicts something & winds up wrong a few hours later (big shock)
– “I’ve pumped Steve Montador for a long time now” (Thanks SL)
– And so much more…..
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Show returns Tuesday night, February 15th in our usual weekly time lot, 8pm central at BlogTalkRadio.com/TheThirdManIn. We say this frequently but somehow never get to it… However, we have received a lot of feedback for our last month of shows and we’ll read and answer some of those emails on Tuesday night. If you are a regular listener and have anything you’d like to hear addressed on this week’s show, send an email to the address below and I’ll do my best to get through as many as I can.
Posted in TTMI~Radio
Tagged Alexander Salak, Brent Seabrook, David Pacan, Dieter Kurtenbach, Hugh Jessiman, Jack Skille, Kris Versteeg, Michael Frolik, Michael Grosek, Patrick Kane, Steve Montador, Trade, Trade Rumors