Hobey Baker finalist Zach Hyman a potential UFA

Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox discuss the latest news around the hockey world, including a possible face-off between top prospects Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid in the World Championships.

Zach Hyman, a Hobey Baker Award finalist — given to the NCAA’s top men’s hockey player — is likely to become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

The 22-year-old University of Michigan forward was a 2010 fifth round pick by the Florida Panthers, but it appears unlikely the two sides will come to an agreement before the deadline, allowing Hyman to become a free agent.

“At this point in time there’s some doubt that the Panthers are going to be able to get it done,” Friedman said during the second intermission’s Headlines segment. “If Florida does not sign him by August 16th he’s an unrestricted free agent.”

Hyman had 22 goals and 54 points in 37 games in his senior year with the Wolverines, and in addition to being a Hobey Baker finalist, he was also named to the 2014-15 All-Big 10 First Team.

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