Adam Hall is not just fighting for playing time with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He’s battling to earn an NHL contract.
In Penguins camp on a professional tryout, Hall has shown hard work on and off the ice.
|Adam Hall |
“I am just hoping to work hard for a spot and try to bring as much experience as I can,” he said. “I have played in a lot of situations in this league for a few years now, so I think that can be a benefit.”
Hall, a 27-year-old forward, has appeared in 306 NHL games. He has scored 49 goals and added 53 assists. However, the 6-2, 201-pounder possesses a well-rounded game.
“I try to use my size the best I can, drive to the net hard and finish my checks and battle hard in the corners,” he said. “But, I also try to play well defensively and bring as much experience as I can. I have played against a lot of the top lines in this league at important times, so hopefully that benefits me as well.”
Hall spent his first four NHL seasons with the Nashville Predators. Coincidentally, he was traded from Nashville to the New York Rangers last summer for Dominic Moore, who was then flipped the Penguins. Hall spit the season between the Rangers and Minnesota Wild and totaled 17 points (6+11) in 72 games.
He was thrilled to come to an environment like the Penguins have.
“You look around the room and see some of the players and you can see all the talent,” he said. “To be around them and see how much fun they’re having, it’s contagious. There is a lot of competitive spirit in here and it’s a lot of fun.”
He has fit in well with the rest of the team and fed off the players' energy.
“Yeah, it’s great to be around. Guys are smiling, excited and enthusiastic – scoring goals,” he said. “You definitely see it contagious to everyone in camp.”
Hall has been able to mesh well in the Penguins’ system.
“It’s a great system. I think allows for a lot of speed and a lot of offense as well as keeping us sound defensively,” he said. “So, it’s real exciting to be a part of it.”
Hall, a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a former Michigan State captain, just hopes to continue learning and working hard to earn a permanent spot in Pittsburgh.
“The first step is to keep adapting to the system and getting comfortable,” he said. “Once you have a system ingrained in your mind, it should be second nature. You don’t want to have to think; you just want to react out there.”