NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
Jimmy Hayes saw Bryan Bickell become an overnight sensation during the Chicago Blackhawks' run to the Stanley Cup last spring. It gave him an idea of what his future in the NHL could be like as a threatening presence up front, one with skill to match his brawn and speed to match his power.
"[Bickell] has evolved into a power forward," Hayes told NHL.com. "He's a big guy who has a ton of skill. I know the way he played throughout the playoffs, finishing his checks and just being hard to play against it made him effective and successful, it triggered me to try to develop that game for myself."
Hayes will be given the chance early this season to show he's done it. He gave himself the tools to earn that chance during the summer by training hard on his lower body and working on his skating to become leaner, more powerful and ultimately faster and more dangerous.