In a perfect world, Barrett Hayton would probably have spent the entire season with the Tucson Roadrunners. But while he can’t spend the entire season in Tucson he will be with the Roadrunners for the next two weeks on a conditioning stint.
Hayton initially injured his shoulder during the World Juniors in the second to last game. He had a stellar tournament as Captain for team Team Canada and it looked like he was going to miss the gold medal game against Russia. He did manage to return for that game and he scored a game-timing goal in the third period.
13.8 Conditioning Loan. Unless a Player consents, he shall not be Loaned on a Conditioning Loan to a minor league club. Such Conditioning Loan shall not extend for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days. . . The Player shall continue, during the period of such Conditioning Loan, to receive the same Paragraph 1 NHL Salary, and be entitled to the same benefits, that he would have received had he continued to play with the Club.
Barrett Hayton has recovered from his shoulder injury at an ideal team. The Roadrunners are currently on the road and will play seven games before Hayton needs to return to the NHL. The Roadrunners are playing tonight and will be facing off against the Bakersfield Condors.
Originally drafted fifth overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Hayton had a breakout season last year as captain of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In his first season in the NHL Hayton has seen limited action. In 14 games he has a goal and three assists.
While Hayton is still very much in the Coyotes long-term plans, it remains to be seen if he is ready for full-time NHL duty this season.