- Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer
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LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks selected Kevin Hayes with the 24th pick in the NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday.
"They were one of the first teams to talk to me," Hayes said. "It's been a dream to go to Chicago. They just won the Stanley Cup. It's unbelievable. I just can't wait to get started."
The Blackhawks traded their second first-round pick (No. 30) to the New York Islanders for picks No. 35 and No. 58 when the draft resumes Saturday.
"They called us and they really wanted the 30th pick and we had a group of about five guys we liked and we're only going from 30 to 35 and we picked up another pick," General Manager Stan Bowman said after the first round was complete. "We're going to get relatively the same guy at 35."
Bowman said the Blackhawks will look to draft a goaltender on Day 2, but won't zero in on any other position. They now have five second-round picks and 11 more overall.
Hayes, 18, a right wing from Noble & Greenough School (Mass.), amassed 67 points (25 goals, 42 assists) in 28 games during the 2009-10 regular season. In two seasons the left-handed Hayes totaled 53 goals and 69 assists in 50 regular-season games.
Bowman likes Hayes' size.
"We want to get bigger," Bowman said. "I think size and skill is important for us. He's really got the full package. He's about 6-3 right now, he'll probably end up 6-4 or 6-5."
Hayes says he's a fan of many of the current Hawks.
Hayes will play at Boston College next year with his brother Jimmy, a prospect for the Toronto Maple Leafs who was selected in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com
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