by Corey Pronman
Eriah Hayes, Right Wing, San Jose Sharks (Minnesota State):
Eriah Hayes was named to the third All-WCHA team in his senior season at Mankato State. The 24 year old is a solid 6′4′’ 210 and plays a power game. He projects as a top-end physical player because of how well he protects the puck, plays in front of the net and win battles. Hayes also has a great shot, as exhibited in his 20 goals in 41 games which was 13th in the NCAA, although 13 of those 20 goals came on the power play. Hayes has some skill with the puck, but he won’t wow in that department. He also could be a little quicker. He could potentially be a bottom six forward for the Sharks.
Rylan Schwartz, Center, San Jose Sharks (Colorado College):
Rylan is the brother of Blues first round pick Jaden Schwartz. Schwartz led the NCAA in scoring this season and was named to the second WCHA All-Star team. He’s a pretty skilled player who has good hands and can make plays to his line mates. Schwartz is also a quality defensive player who works his tail off to get back and win battles. His speed is average though, and below-average for a 5′10′’ player but still he has the pure puck possession skills and intangibles to potentially be a decent NHLer. In a light San Jose system at forward, he jumps up near the top of the depth chart and it’s possible the 23 year old could be in the NHL in the near future if he shows he can handle the physical rigors of the pro game.