Toronto Maple Leafs‘ 3rd year center Zach Hyman(11) played a full calendar of hockey (82 games) with the parent club last season scoring new high 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points with a +2 rating, then adding another tally and 3 helpers in 6 playoff games.
He skated in 16 games with the big club as a rookie on his first recall and grabbed his first 4 goals and 2 assists before being returned to affiliate Toronto Marlies to help their playoff push.
In 16 Calder Cup postseason match-ups he got 3 goals and 3 assists with a +3.
He appeared in 59 AHL games in 2015/2016 grabbing 15 goals and 22 assists.
The recently turned 25 year old has been given a 4-year extension worth $2.25M AAV to continue with the club that selected him deep in the 2010 draft after a four-year run at University Of Michigan.
There’s little doubt he’ll increase these early numbers.
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He was originally a Florida Panthers‘ 5th round pick in the 2010 draft (#123 overall) but traded in the off season for an older prospect.
In his senior year, serving as assistant captain he popped for 22 goals and 32 assists in 37 games earning him a 2014/2015 Hobey Baker Finalist nod.
A late cut from training camp, he connected immediately with the scoring sheet on reassignment to affiliate Toronto Marlies.
In 54 AHL games in his first season he has a tidy 13 goals and 20 assists with a +28 rating and 121 shots on net.
The 23-year old’s hard play has earned him an NHL recall.
In his debut he skated a whopping 22 shifts for 15:58 of ice time with two shots, 1 hit and :32 of short-handed play.
He may be on a short leash between the big league and the farm club but before too long it’s almost an easy bet he’ll be permanently up in the show.