The Arizona Coyotes traded restricted free agent goaltender Adin Hill to the San Jose Sharks. Details have not been disclosed as to salary since Hill is a restricted free agent and will need to be signed. Elliotte Friedman confirmed the trade.
ARI/SJ deal will be Adin Hill and a 7th for Josef Korenar and a 2nd. Both picks in 2022
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 17, 2021
Adin Hill Traded to the San Jose Sharks
Over his four year NHL career, Hill suited up solely for the Coyotes. The goaltender was originally drafted in the third round, 76th overall, of the 2015 entry draft. Last season, he registered 19 appearances, 17 of which were starts. The 24-year old served as one of three goaltenders with double-digit appearances for the team, the others being Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta. Of that group, Hill posted the best save percentage (.913) and second-best goals-against-average (2.74). He also recorded two shutouts, and owns three total shutouts now across his career.
In 49 career games, Hill holds a record of 19-21-4. His career save percentage sits at .909 percent, and goals against average at 2.79. Though a respectable stat line, there is room for improvement. The crease in Arizona has been crowded of late, too. However, Raanta sits poised to hit the free agency market and Kuemper’s contract ends after 2021-22.
What This Means for the Future
Though he owns decent numbers across his young career, Hill has room for improvement. Rookie goalie Ivan Prosvetov received three appearances last year too, but it’s unlikely that he starts in the NHL to begin next season. The Sharks have been plagued by poor goaltending and it is the hope that adding the up and coming Hill, they can improve upon their standings. Obviously, the Coyotes will expose Korenar in the upcoming expansion draft to meet the requirement for exposing one goalie. It also means that Kuemper trade rumours may have subsided for now.
The Sharks gave up a second round 2022 draft pick along with Korenar, and the Coyotes relinquished a seventh round pick in the last minute deal before the expansion draft protection lists had to be released.