The Chicago Blackhawks have experienced very good fortune with their ability to draft and develop players in recent years. Players like Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad, and Bryan Bickell all represent some of the homegrown depth on the club, in addition to the likes of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
However, it doesn't look like former Boston College forward Kevin Hayes is set to join the ranks of the Hawks anytime soon. Or ever.
Originally drafted in 2010, the Hawks have until August 16th to sign Hayes to a contract. Given that the two sides have had no contact recently, it doesn't appear to be the case. Theories abound as to why he doesn't appear ready to join Chicago, from the fact that the Hawks traded his brother Jimmy Hayes to the Florida Panthers last season, to the more reasonable fact that the Blackhawks are stacked up top.
Where Hayes could end up once he officially becomes a free agent remains a mystery. Several teams will be on a talent like Hayes, including brother Jimmy's Panthers. Perhaps even a division rival like the St. Louis Blues? It will certainly be interesting to see who is in the mix for Hayes when he hits the market.