Hayton to start season with Arizona

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He’s only 18, but he’s going to be starting his season in the NHL!

It was announced today that Soo Greyhounds forward Barrett Hayton has made the Arizona Coyotes opening night roster.

Hayton, who was selected by the Coyotes in the 1st round (5th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft this past June, scored 21 times and set up 39 others in 63 regular season games with the Hounds during the 2017-2018 season.

During the 2018 postseason, the Peterborough, Ontario native scored 8 times and set up 13 others in 24 games, which helped lead the Hounds to the OHL Final for the first time since 1993.

The Coyotes, who have not made the playoffs in six straight seasons (2012-2018), could choose to give Hayton a nine-game trial before sending him back to the Hounds.

Looking back to the start of the 2015-2016 season, former Hounds forward Jared McCann made the Vancouver Canucks opening night roster, and had a nine-game trial with them before a decision was made.

McCann scored 5 goals in his first nine games played with the Canucks, and ended up making the team as a 19 year old.

He then only scored 4 goals and 9 assists in his final 60 games played with the Canucks during the 2015-2016 season.

If Hayton makes the NHL this season, he will become the first Soo Greyhound to make the NHL at 18 years old since Joe Thornton (1997-1998).

Hayton and the Coyotes will kick off their 2018-2019 regular season on Thursday night in Dallas.

(Photo credit to James Egan’s Sports Photography)