Congratulations to Kevin Hayes, who over the weekend became the 13th Eagle to be selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. Hayes was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 24th pick of the draft. The Chicago Sun-Times thinks Hayes is still a few years away from seeing time with the Hawks.
Here is the reaction to the Hayes pick from SB Nation's Chicago Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey:
"As for the Hawks pick of Kevin Hayes, it just looks like this was their guy. Though projected for the second round, Stan must've thought he wouldn't be around when the Hawks picked in that turn, so they grabbed him when they could. He already knew he was punting #30. So if this is Stan's guy, we'll see how Stan's eye is Wow, that was lyrical."
Kevin will be joined by his old brother, and current Eagle, Jimmy Hayes in Chicago. The junior forward was acquired by the Blackhawks from the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 43rd pick in this year's draft.
In addition to Hayes, three incoming BC freshmen were drafted during the second day of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Bill Arnold, a 6-foot, 210-pound forward from Needham, was selected by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (108th overall). Forward Cody Ferriero was selected in the 5th round, 127th overall, by the San Jose Sharks. Ferriero is the younger brother of BC hockey alum Benn Ferriero and also a member of the Sharks organization. Isaac MacLeod is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman from Nelson, British Columbia who was also drafted by San Jose in the 5th round, 136th overall.
The Eagles led the way in Hockey East with four total draft picks, while Boston University had two players selected. BC will enter the 2010-11 season with 12 players who have been selected in the NHL Draft, a program high and a testament to the youth and talent returning for the defending National Champions.