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BLOG: Hynes sees Hayden as 'great acquisition'

"He's got good hands, good hockey sense. He's a very good player."

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

John Hynes has plenty of shiny new toys this season. The Devils coach will be able to deploy a talented squad when the club hits the ice to begin the season and it will have plenty of new faces on the roster.

One of those new pieces came via trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. John Hayden is an under-the-radar pickup for the Devils, per the coach.

"Johnny I think was really, I think, a great acquisition for us," said Hynes. "Mike Grier knew him when he was in the Chicago organization. He's a really smart player. He's another guy who brings size, he brings toughness. He's got good hands, good hockey sense. He's a very good player and I think he's going to fit in well with how we want to be able to do things and then it's going to be up to him to earn where he plays and when he plays, but I think he definitely is another one of these guys that we feel like we've added that has the attributes that we want to have on our team and, particularly, what we need on our team."

The 2013 third-round pick has played 113 NHL games, scoring eight goals and adding 14 assists. He was acquired on June 22, in exchange for John Quenneville.

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