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Prospect Spotlight: Zach Hyman

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

(Photo Courtesy of University of Michigan Athletic Department)

Zach Hyman

Position: F

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Number: 11

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 205

Shoots: Right

Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

Selected by the Florida Panthers in the fifth round (123rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Hyman was a dominant force in the OJHL playing for the Hamilton Red Wings. After being selected by Florida, Hyman recorded 102 points (42-60—102) in 43 games during the 2010-11 season for Hamilton.

Ready to make the jump to the collegiate level, Hyman suited up for legendary coach Red Berenson's Wolverines as a freshman in 2011-12. Having to be more than just an offensive player to earn his ice time, Hyman began to learn and excel at the defensive aspect of the game. Since committing to Michigan, Hyman has molded his game over time into a solid two-way brand of hockey.

Now a senior at the University of Michigan, Hyman is viewed as a leader on the team and has certainly led the way for the Wolverines this season. Shattering his previous college-level point totals, Hyman has recorded a team-leading 29 points (13-16—29) in 20 games this season, owning a plus-14 rating.

Heading into this season Hyman had posted 35 points (13-22—35) in 115 games with the University of Michigan. Hyman is now six points away from tying his college career total accumulated prior to his senior year, in just 20 games played.

Finding a place within the top-five in the nation for scoring this season, the 22-year old has been garnering quite a bit of attention. Recently named to the Hobey Baker Award ballot, the Toronto, Ontario native leads the Big-Ten in scoring and has earned Big-Ten and NCAA's number one star of the week honors (Jan. 13).

Emerging as a top-level talent in college hockey this season, it's safe to say that Hyman is a player worth keeping an eye on.

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