Tuesday night, Boston lost a 2-0 game to the St. Louis Blues in a goaltender duel for the first 40 or so minutes. Jimmy Hayes in that game had 3 shots on 13:07 of ice time. Hayes had 7 hits in tonight’s contest, which raises his hit totals to 61 this season.
Jimmy Hayes, the $2.3 million man, has 5-10-15 totals in 31 games. Now seeing just that, it may seem that the Bostonian is a valuable player to the team. One of his linemates though, Ryan Spooner, has 8-14-22 in 32 games. His other linemate, Frank Vatrano, has the same amount of goals as Hayes, in only 18 games.
Hayes has 3 points in his last 4 games, 1 goal and an assist. With that stat, look at Hayes’ stats in the first 7 games of December. He had 0 points, 2 PIM, and a -2 rating
With David Pastrnak back in the AHL and questionable for the World Junior Championship, it may seem that a return to the Bruins could be nearing closer and closer. When looking up and down the roster, the only player that I can see going down is Jimmy Hayes. Now, we may see Zac Rinaldo, (who just returned from injury), go down to Providence instead.
If you want some positives about Hayes, here’s a few. In the first month of hockey, Hayes had 3 goals and 9 points in 10 games. He only has 8 penalty minutes, and has an even rating. If you look at his trade counterpart, Reilly Smith, there is only a 4 point difference, and Smith has played in 3 more games than Hayes.
In my opinion, we have no issues currently with our offence. Especially with the thriving Landon Ferraro and the nearby return of David Pastrnak. Plus, we have players down in Providence waiting for their chance in the big leagues such as Seth Griffith and Alexander Khokhlachev.
If we could make a trade involving Jimmy Hayes in a package deal for some draft picks or even a possible defenceman, I feel like it would better our team. When writing this article, I thought about playing Hayes on the fourth line which in thought sounds like it would be a good idea. If that does happen, all of a sudden, we now have a lineup that involves a Chris Kelly type of salary on the line that gets the least amount of minutes.
If Jimmy Hayes can turn his season around, then yes, let’s keep him around. If not, I wouldn’t be against a trade before the deadline.