The Vegas Golden Knights have added some goaltending depth to their lineup for the 2022-23 season, acquiring Adin Hill from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fourth-round pick at the 2024 NHL Entry Draft.
Hill, 26, was acquired by the Sharks last offseason by former general manager Doug Wilson in hopes that he could develop into their starting netminder. That plan never went as hoped, as injuries and inconsistent play led to him recording an underwhelming 2.66 goals against average paired with a .906 save percentage in 25 outings.
This move comes as a result of the news weeks ago that Robin Lehner will be out the entire 2022-23 season due to a nagging hip injury.
Meanwhile, Laurent Brossoit is also expected to miss the early part of the season as he continues to recover from his own hip issue. Reports stated shortly after the Lehner injury that general manager Kelly McCrimmon was comfortable entering the season with a goaltending duo of Logan Thompson and Michael Hutchinson, but it appears that wasn’t entirely the case.
Though Hill has yet to cement himself as an everyday NHLer, there is plenty to like about his game. At 26, he is still relatively young for a goalie and has shown moments of promise, both at the NHL and American Hockey League levels. With a six-foot-six frame, he still has a chance to develop into a very good goaltender if he can add some consistency to his game. The Golden Knights will hope he can do just that this coming season.
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