Fantasy Impact: The New York Rangers have reportedly signed free agent prospect winger Kevin Hayes, per hockey writer Mark Divver.


The Rangers get: a big, highly skilled winger who chose to walk away from the team that drafted him (Chicago) because of the depth at the wing position there. Instead, Hayes signs with a team that has the following line combinations (per my Fantasy Hockey Guide):


Rick Nash - Derek Stepan - Martin St. Louis

Chris Kreider - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello

Carl Hagelin - J.T. Miller - Lee Stempniak

Tanner Glass - Dominic Moore - Kevin Hayes (?)

                     Matt Lombardi - Jesper Fast


Definitely a slight upgrade in terms of roster space and opportunity, but not as much as 10 or 12 other teams out there. Speculation was that he would go to Calgary to join his college linemates, or Boston which is close to his hometown and where he went to school, or Florida to play with his brother, or Colorado because of the tremendous opportunity there for a young player. He chose E) None of the above.


As for the player himself, the Rangers landed a bigger version of Kreider - but one who obviously lacks Kreider's tremendous foot speed (not many players have those kind of wheels). Read more on Hayes right here.



Fantasy Players Impacted: With Hayes on the team now, Jesper Fast definitely won't make it. Or I may be getting ahead of myself - the two will compete for a spot, but I would expect Hayes to win and start the year with New York. If it becomes too much, he will be sent to the AHL by late November. This also reduces the amount of cups of coffee that prospect Danny Kristo will see. And although Matt Lombardi is a center, the fact is that this is just another forward body to compete with. Ditto for J.T. Miller.


Hayes could also steal ice time from Hagelin and Stempniak. It certainly doesn't help those two players.



Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Hayes


Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Fast

2. Kristo

3. Lombardi

4. Miller



Kevin Hayes:





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