Vegas is known in the NHL for giving borderline players the ability to morph into regular players and sometimes even stars. Next up is goalkeeper Adin Hill.
The Comox, BC 6-6 stopper was acquired by the Golden Knights Monday from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fourth-round pick (2024).
Hill will skate right into a curd and compete with him Laurent Brosoit and Logan Thompson to the opening concert of the VGK.
Hill is very agile for such a tall keeper and has a high level of competition. At 26, he’s entering his prime and has yet to prove himself as the No. 1 in the NHL.
The opportunities he was given were with bad teams. But Hill still managed to put up solid numbers despite playing behind porous rosters.
A career .908 save percentage and 2.74 goals against over 74 NHL games show Hill’s promise. A number of questions immediately come to mind:
What would those numbers look like with a superior squad in front of him?
What will playing for a Bruce Cassidy coached team do with those numbers?
Can Hill carry the burden and mental weight that comes with consistently hitting a competitor’s net?
Every goalkeeper says they want to be No. 1, but until they’re faced with the prospect and given the opportunity to live the role, it’s difficult to tell if the player has what it takes.
Hill posted a .906 save percentage and 2.66 clean sheets in 25 games last season for the Sharks, giving him a 10-11-1 win-loss record.