GLENDALE – Adin Hill is expected to start in net for Team White tonight when the Coyotes prospects scrimmage at Gila River Arena. His task will be trying to shut down high scorers Christian Dvorak, Christian Fischer, Clayton Keller, Conor Garland and others in a mock NHL game.
Arizona drafted Hill 76th overall in 2015, and with Marek Langhamer sidelined by injury at this year’s prospects camp, Hill is the goalie in the spotlight.
|Adin Hill. Photo by Norm Hall. |
Hill appeared in 46 games for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League in 2014-15, posting a 31-11-1 record with a 2.81 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage and two shutouts.
The following season, he was given a larger workload and ran with the opportunity; he played in 65 regular-season games last season and compiled a record of 32-27-6 with a 2.96 GAA, a .917 save percentage and three shutouts. Hill won five consecutive games from Oct. 23-30, and was named the WHL’s Goaltender of the Month for October when he posted a 7-4-0 mark.
Hill and his Portland teammates were swept in the first round of the WHL playoffs but his season did not end there. He then tended net for Springfield of the American Hockey League where he played in four contests and picked up his first win on April 16 in a 29-save performance against Portland.
With his junior career in the rear-view mirror, the 6-foot-4 athletic netminder noted for his calm demeanor is preparing for the future at this year’s camp.
“I love how the camp’s been run and the on-ice part has been great,” Hill said. “I’ve felt great. Once I leave here on Saturday I’ll be going back to Calgary to work with a goalie coach back there and I’ll be working out everyday and then on the ice a few times a week.”
Hill appears to be a candidate for the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners roster but he isn’t thinking much about where he could be playing in the fall and instead is just focusing on doing the best he can in the summer.
“I’m going to try to make the Coyotes and see where I end up, but wherever I do, I’ll be trying my hardest and go from there,” Hill said.