In the four games since returning from a lower body injury, Kevin Hayes has 2 goals, 5 assists , a plus 5 rating, 9 shots on goal and an average of 17:35.
In 51 games this season Hayes has 15 goals and 27 assists.
In 79 games the prior two seasons, Hayes had 17 goals and 28 assists as a rookie and 14 goals and 22 assists last season.
Dave Maloney said recently on MSG that Hayes has continued to evolve as a player this season and looks like he is willing to take the responsibility of being one of the key players on the team.
Hayes is averaging over 3 minutes more per game this season overall and almost two minutes more per game at even strength.
Hayes is averaging 13:51 at even strength, 1:32 on the PP and 1:29 on the PK this season.
From the Rangers Game Notes:
- He leads the NHL in shorthanded assists (five) and shorthanded points (six) this season. He is the first Ranger who has recorded at least five shorthanded assists in one season since Mark Messier in 1996-97 (six), and he is the first Blueshirt who has recorded at least six shorthanded points in one season since Brandon Prust in 2010-11 (seven).
- The Rangers have posted a 26-2-0 record in games which Hayes has recorded a point this season, including a 13-0-0 record in games which he has tallied a goal in 2016-17.