The Flyers shipped a fifth round selection in the upcoming 2019 NHL Entry Draft back to Winnipeg in exchange for the rights to Hayes. This deal provides Philadelphia with an early negotiating window to come to potential terms on a new deal with the 27-year-old, Dorchester, MA. native. The Flyers can now begin negotiations with Hayes on June 23rd, as opposed to July 1st.
After joining the Jets in late February, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound forward skated in 20 games with the Jets, collecting five goals and 13 points. Although aiming for a deep playoff run, Winnipeg only participated in six postseason games, in which Hayes put up two goals and three points.
Despite giving up a first round selection and a prospect (Brendan Lemieux) to the New York Rangers at the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Jets’ gamble was able to provide some return on his investment, as Winnipeg acquired a fifth round draft choice, as opposed to losing Hayes for nothing come July 1st – when free agency officially opens.
With this Monday evening deal, Winnipeg now holds two selections in the fifth round of the upcoming draft set for June 21st and 22nd in Vancouver, BC. The Jets are rather thin in the draft pick realm, having just one selection before the fourth round. With a second rounder, a fourth rounder and their own fifth round pick, Winnipeg now owns four selections for this June.