By Matt Calamia
Newly acquired forward Kevin Hayes will don a Rangers jersey for the first time in Traverse City following his addition to the team's roster during the annual prospect tournament.
The Traverse City Prospect Tournament begins September 12 with a matchup against the Dallas' Stars prospect squad.
Hayes, 22, agreed to terms with the Rangers on Wednesday following four years at Boston College. He was originally drafted 24th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound forward last season was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award given to the top collegiate player following his 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games for the Eagles.
The Dorchester, Mass.-native totalled 44 goals and 132 points in 142 career contests at B.C.
Last year, Hayes represented Team USA at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, where he scored one goal and one assist in right games.
Hayes joins a talented list of Rangers prospects making their way to the Traverse City tournament, including 2013 draft picks Anthony Duclair, Adam Tambellini and goaltender Mackenzie Skapski, as well as 2014 selections Keegan Iverson, Ryan Mantha, Richard Nejezchleb and goaltender Brandon Halverson.
After opening the tournament with Dallas, the young Blueshirts will take on prospects from the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina in a round-robin tournament, before taking on another squad based on the results from the opening-round.
The Rangers have taken part in the tournament for seven years, having reached the championship game twice — including a win in 2007. Current Blueshirts Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Marc Staal and Carl Hagelin have represented the Rangers in the past.