EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is goalie Adin Hill.
|Adin Hill. Photo by Getty Images. |
Hometown: Comox, BC, CAN
Round: 3 (76th overall)
2014-15 team: Portland (WHL)
In 2014-15, Hill emerged as the starter for Portland and led all Western Hockey League rookie goaltenders with 31 wins in 46 games. He also paced the entire WHL in save percentage (.921), becoming the first Winterhawks netminder to achieve the feat since Brent Belecki in 1997-98.
• Hill recorded two shutouts in 2014-15, posting them on back-to-back days in early January against Tri-City (35 saves) and Seattle (29 saves). He ultimately earned Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week honors after finishing the week ending Jan. 4 with a 2-1-0 record, 0.67 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and two shutouts.
• Hill played in all 17 Winterhawks games during the 2015 WHL Playoffs to help the club reach the Western Conference Final for the fifth consecutive year. He finished with a 10-7 record, 2.96 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and one shutout.
|Adin Hill. Photo by Dave Vest. |
"It was a long season and it's really cool to see all of this happening (at the draft). It's been a great experience here in Florida and I'm happy to be a Coyote, for sure." -- Adin Hill
"I thought I had a pretty good year (in Portland). It was definitely an exciting, new experience to take over as a starter, and I'm looking forward to next year and hopefully getting to the Memorial Cup." -- Adin Hill
"Any time he has a bad game he bounces back even stronger. That's a great quality to have as a goalie... He's just a great, all-around goalie and I'd love to be like him one day." -- Adin Hill on Henrik Lundvist, his idol
"He’s a late bloomer growing into himself. He emerged this year. We really like his raw ability and we like his mental toughness. He looks like he’s having fun. He’s not all tied up in knots. Nothing seems to bother him which is a great quality to have for a goalie." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt
The Fun Facts:
• A product of the Calgary Buffalo Hockey Association, Hill played bantam with Nicholas Merkley, whom the Coyotes selected with the 30th overall pick the day before they drafted Hill.
• Hill said he became a goalie at a young age because of a youth hockey rule that stated a player couldn't score more than three goals in a game. He said once he accomplished that as a forward - usually within the first period - he'd finish the game as a goalie.
• Hill was a multi-sport athlete growing up. In addition to hockey, he played soccer, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, track and field, and cross country. Last December, he used his 6'4" frame to dunk a basketball on an NBA net following a Portland Trail Blazers game.