I'm not mad at all. A little angry at the circumstances maybe, but definitely not mad.
Mad probably wasn't the best word. Would you rather blame Bowman/Q/whoever.
At the end of the day, the Hawks may lose K.Hayes because they have a deep roster and pipeline and a lot of prospects want easier roads to the NHL. Yes it's understandable, but like Hawkaholic said - while you always want the best players here - you want guys that want to be here more than anything.
I don't think anyone should blow off Hayes not signing. He is one of the top 5 prospects in the org. I think the original plan was him at center, but if he is more comfortable at wing we could still use him.
John's path is less congested, but with JVR's brother signing this morning who knows if that means anything.
A second round pick for a first-round prospect with 4 years development is a pretty raw deal. I'll be pissed if Hayes does not sign (but is there anything more to it than the Myers tweet?)
I'm not blaming anyone. Like I said, I'm angry/disappointed in the circumstances and that it is a waste of a first round pick. It's certainly not the end of the world though.
I find this happens a lot when I post.. I just have to be more clear, my bad. I'm not talking specifically about you, just saying that you (anyone) could be mad/blame Bowman/Q or they could look at it for what it is: The Hawks are a deep team with a deep system and some prospects want easier roads to the NHL. In those circumstances, there's nothing the Org. can do. They treat all their prospects with class, develop the, and do their work with them.. it just doesn't always pay off with loyalty.
And I know some would argue that the kids don't owe the Hawks any loyalty.. that's fine. I think that when you get drafted by a team, you stay with them - because they liked/believed in you before you had a breakout season or college (or something like that).
Decent is being generous. And being an OK bottom 6 player is more or less a dud in my eyes, depending on the hype of the player. In this case, Kayes is a 1st round pick, and tearing up BC. A dud would be an OK bottom 6 player.
Depends on the bottom six type. Another Kruger/Shaw for a late first? Absolutely.
In the tweet HawksCap asked about johns and Hayes, she only said that Hayes isn't expected to be signed. You could take the leap and then say that she hasn't heard the same thing on Johns or else she would have mentioned it as well.