Chicago Blackhawks prospect John Hayden was ranked No. 91 on SB Nation College Hockey's 2016 Top 100 NHL Prospects list, which released its first installment Tuesday.
Hayden, a third-round pick in 2013, is in his junior season at Yale. He has 16 goals and 23 points in 31 games.
Here is SBNCH's analysis on Hayden:
Hayden is a true power forward that uses his size in front of the net to be an effective goal-scorer. His lopsided 16-7-23 scoring line in 31 games this season shows that he's more of a finisher than a set-up guy. Hayden is also a smart, effective player on the defensive end of the ice. Foot speed will be the biggest issue to overcome for the big forward at the pro level, but he might be a smart enough player to overcome those issues and be an effective third or fourth line forward at the NHL level.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound winger was ranked No. 15 in the SCH's Top 25 Under 25 series then in an updated ranking following the 2016 World Junior Championships, he jumped up eight spots to No. 7.
Another name on the list for fans to watch is Undrafted free agent Drake Caggiula of North Dakota, who is ranked No. 100. Caggiula, who is linemates with Hawks' 2014 first-round pick Nick Schmaltz, has been linked to the Hawks this year.
SBNCH's analysis on Caggiula:
Caggiula is putting up big offensive numbers for the second straight season. He is excelling on the wing of North Dakota's 'CBS' line along with first round draft picks Brock Boeser and Nick Schmaltz. Caggiula is a high-effort, high-energy player that is tenacious in puck pursuit and moves the puck effectively on the offensive end. It's unlikely he'll score at the same rate at the pro level, but his scrappiness could make him an effective in a bottom six role, despite being a smaller forward.
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