Story by Peter Ruicci (Sault Star) | Photo by OHLImages
Barring something unforeseen, the Soo Greyhounds are expected to welcome back a key player on Wednesday.
Centre Barrett Hayton was returned to the Greyhounds from the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday morning.
“Anytime you get a player like Barrett Hayton back, it helps you,” said Hounds head coach John Dean, whose club is slated to play host to the Flint Firebirds on Wednesday (7:07 p.m.) at GFL Memorial Gardens. “We’ve talked about slotting in the past and some of our young players have been forced to play too many minutes.”
With Hayton, who didn’t see the ice while spending the first two games of the NHL season with Arizona, the Hounds have the ability to use their younger player in more favourable matchups.
Taken by the Coyotes in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Hayton left Phoenix early Tuesday morning, flying first to Toronto and then on to the Sault.
While en route here Tuesday, Hayton could not be reached for comment.
The 18-year-old (2000 birth year) notched 21 goals and 39 assists in 63 games for the 2017-2018 Greyhounds.
Hayton was particularly impressive in the playoffs with eight goals and 13 assists in 24 games. His tireless work ethic also stood out.
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