Jimmy Hayes will no doubt be on the list of great Leaf's prospects to come out of the 2008 draft ( see: Luke Schenn, Mikhail Stefanovich, Joel Champagne
and Jerome Flaake).
Jimmy was taken with the Leaf's second-round pick, 60th overall. Jimmy had solid seasons with the U.S. in international play as well as a good stint with the
Lincoln Stars of the USHL. Hayes has signed a letter of intent to play at Boston College this coming fall.
At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Jimmy fits perfectly into Burke's plans for the future of the NHL's greatest franchise.
What Hayes Will Bring The Leafs
Jimmy is the perfect combination of size and touch. At 6-foot-5 nobody will push him around, but he also has some of the best hands in junior hockey. Hayes also has the speed to get open and put his hands to work. Although he can play the power forward game, he may be more effective as a dangler. Jimmy is also great off the ice, he's a team player and has impeccable work ethic.
Jimmy's play style is similar to that of Jaromir Jagr.
Jimmy Next Year
Jimmy has signed a letter of intent to play at BC and will play there at least until his junior year. After that the Leafs will have a player ready to make an impact in the NHL.