Asked about Hayes yesterday, Alain Vigneault said yesterday, "I am expecting more from his game so far. I understand that it's training camp but Kevin needs to pick up his play a little bit."
On Tuesday against Philly Hayes was 9 of 17 on faceoffs including winning 5 of 6 in the offensive zone.
Against the Flyers he played 17:53 and had no shots attempted and 1 hit.
Against the Bruins last night, Hayes had four shots on goal including a goal and two hits in 17:51.
Hayes has said that coming into the season he is expecting a lot from himself and has said, "I want to be a game-changer." (NY Post)
He is a restricted free agent after the season.
For a lot more on Hayes, click HERE.
Adam Rotter: I thought Hayes was better on Thursday than he was on Tuesday but I am not sure that says all that much. I think he will fare better on the wing where he can still play his game, handle the puck and make plays but not have to worry about faceoffs or some of the other responsibilities of being a center.
If Hayes could win a faceoff he would be a huge boost to the Rangers down the middle and allow them to have the big center that everyone is always searching for. But he can't win a faceoff and the Rangers have other guys who can and who have played center for a lot longer than Hayes. I think that a move to the wing will work out best for the Rangers and for Hayes.