Michigan outgoing senior forward Zach Hyman had previously informed the Florida Panthers that he would not be signing with the team before he became an NHL free agent on August 16th of this year. Today, the Panthers traded Hyman to Toronto, which would allow him to sign with the Leafs prior to that mid-August date. In the deal, Florida picks up Greg McKegg, set to become a restricted free agent this summer, while Toronto picks up a conditional seventh round draft choice.
It appears that Hyman has reached a deal in principle with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie:
It's not quite done deal as in a signed contract but Zach Hyman and TOR have framework in place. His 2-year entry level deal will get done.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 19, 2015
Hyman put together an outstanding senior season for the Wolverines, giving him a multitude of options on the NHL free agent market. Toronto holds certain appeal as Hyman's hometown, and theoretically, at least, a team on the rise after a front office makeover and the high-profile hiring of head coach Mike Babcock(who incidentally, has spent some time at the University of Michigan, so is likely very familiar with Hyman). We ranked Hyman as the 48th-best NHL prospect in the NCAA this past season.