Rangers sign hot-ticket college free agent Kevin Hayes

Johnny Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes (right) of the U.S. celebrate the goal of teammate Seth Jones...

Johnny Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes (right) of the U.S. celebrate the goal of teammate Seth Jones against Latvia during the third period of their men's ice hockey World Championship Group B game at Minsk Arena in Minsk May 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk)

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The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free agent forward Kevin Hayes, the team announced Wednesday.

Hayes, 22, skated in 40 games with Boston College this past season, registering 27 goals and 38 assists for 65 points, along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-34 rating.

Hayes was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey, and he was named to the NCAA East First All-American Team and Hockey East's First All-Star Team.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Hayes skated in 142 career collegiate games over four seasons with Boston College, registering 44 goals and 88 assists for 132 points.

During Hayes' four-year tenure with the Eagles, the team won the Hockey East Championship twice, and won the National Championship in 2011-12.

The Dorchester, Mass., native has also represented Team USA on several occasions. Most recently, Hayes tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in eight games at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

Hayes was originally selected by Chicago in the first round, 24th overall, of the 2010 NHL draft.


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