Titans Bring Back Hayes; Add Two Others

Ryan Hayes returns for a third season in Trenton, where he’s scored 45 goals in 128 games over the past two years.

The Titans made three more player signings official on Monday, and agreed to terms with another player as well.

First, the name you know.  Ryan Hayes is back with Trenton for a second season, and third overall in the capital city.  After a standout rookie campaign for the T-Devils in 2010-11, Hayes’ rights were traded to Greenville in exchange for Matt Schepke prior to the beginning of the 2011-12 season.  But Schepke failed a physical, meaning that the Titans got essentially nothing for one of their best players.

However, Hayes was picked up by Trenton after just two games with the Road Warriors, and put up nearly identical numbers to his rookie season; the talented 23-year-old tallied 22 goals and 26 assists in 65 games, but was an alarming minus-22 in the process, which was tied with fellow returnee Matt Germain for a team-worst.  Sure, last year’s team was, in a word, bad…but two-way play has been a bit of a knock on Hayes in the past, and he’ll need to improve his defensive game for a well-deserved chance at the next level.

In addition to Hayes, the Titans have signed contracts from Jacob Drewiske and Steve Schultz.  Gregor Hanson has agreed to terms with the team as well.

Jacob Drewiske, brother of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Davis Drewiske, played for the Gwinnett Gladiators last season after finishing his collegiate career at St. Lawrence.  He tallied three points for Gwinnett in ten games, as well as a playoff goal in four postseason contests.  The 25-year-old scored 20 goals and added 27 assists in 132 NCAA games.

Stephen Schultz is entering his second full professional season, and spent the majority of his 2011-12 campaign in the AHL with the Texas Stars.  The 5-foot-11, 185 pound winger tallied 11 points in 34 games with Texas last season, and also had a brief two-game stint in the ECHL with Idaho. 

As for Hanson, he’s a 24-year-old Swede who played his first professional season with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Elite League  in 2011-12 after four years at Northern Michigan University.  Another smaller winger, Hanson posted a 1-4-5 line last season, but had several big seasons in the CCHA, including two 30+ point campaigns.

Although not official yet, several other players have agreed to return as well.  Keep in mind that a handful of players under contract with the Flyers will be on the team — Cal Heeter has been rumored to be coming to Trenton since the day he signed towards the end of last season, for example — but none of that will become official until much closer to the start of the year. 

Stay tuned here for word on any signings as the team releases the information…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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10 Responses to “Titans Bring Back Hayes; Add Two Others”

  1. T04 Says:

    Granted it’s early but if you look at the 4 goalies the Flyers have under contract:

    Bryz
    Leighton

    Niko Hovinen – who’s never played a game outside of Finland, if nothing else he’s 6′ 7″
    Cal Heeter – undrafted rookie

    it’s alarming. Can’t see any of the others in camp (listed below) making much of an impact freeing either Heeter or Hovinen up to be sent down. If we’re committed to taking a goalie from the Flyers I hope they’re planning on signing more…

    GOALIES
    No. POS PLAYER ACQUIRED HT WT 2011-12 TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T GAA

    35 G MARCOUX, Etienne Camp Invitee 6’0” 155 Blaineville-Boisbriand QMJHL 43 28 9 3 2.71

    67 G HEETER, CAL Free Agent 2012 6’4” 195 Ohio State CCHA 32 13 11 5 2.45

    70 G HARTZELL, Eric Camp Invitee 6’4” 188 Quinnipiac ECAC 30 12 11 6 2.20

    79 G STOLARZ, Anthony 2012 Draft (2nd rd) 6’5” 200 Corpus Christi NAHL 50 23 22 4 2.84

  2. chiarams Says:

    Hartzell wouldn’t be too bad. Quinnipiac is a better program than most people think.

  3. Mash Says:

    Think Philly has to sign a veteran for Adirondack, if not two. Wouldn’t worry yet…

  4. chiarams Says:

    I’d take Heeter in Trenton in a heartbeat.

    • Mash Says:

      Ditto. If they sign a veteran NHL third/AHL starter, I’d think they’d want that kid to get as much ice time as possible and you’d at least see him here. Maybe a Frazee scenario in which he starts the year and moves up after a month or two.

  5. chiarams Says:

    Nevermind on Hartzell – he’ll only be a Senior.

  6. T04 Says:

    Not worried yet, but the pattern needs to be shattered and not just broken. A guy like ex Flyer prospect Brian Stewart is a guy that I’m hoping for. We need to upgrade the position drastically.

    • Mash Says:

      Would GLADLY take Stewart, and that is a name that’s popped up from time to time. Goaltending is huge in a league like this and can make up for a lot of team deficiencies. See: Coleman, Gerald…08-09 version only.

  7. T04 Says:

    Interesting that Hostetter isn’t on the prospect camp roster.

    http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102816858493-535/2012%2BProspect%2BCamp%2BRoster.pdf

  8. ForeverTitans Says:

    Glad you mentioned the +/- for Hayes. When I picture him I see him slumped over and shaking his head on the way back to the bench. Hope he has more desire to play defense this year!

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