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Blackhawks Fri Jun 25 2010

Hawks Draft Hayes, Trade Down

The Blackhawks used the number 24 first-round pick acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers to draft 18-year-old Kevin Hayes from Noble & Greenough High School in Massachusetts, then traded the final pick in the first round to the New York Islanders for the Number 30 and 58 in the second round, which continues tomorrow.

With that move, the Hawks now have five picks in the second round (30,35,43,54,58,60), and six more in rounds 3-7, which gives the Blackhawks a number of options. Use the picks to continue building a strong junior team that will be NHL-ready in a few years, or make more moves to help alleviate the salary cap crunch and land some cheap help.

As for Hayes, the 6'2", 201 lb. wing is slated to attend Boston College next season, though his size and hands fit with the kind of players Chicago thrives on. But at this point, it'd be a surprise to see him on the team within the next two years.

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