Last season, the Arizona Coyotes saw quite the show in net. Mike Smith was the Coyotes #1 goalie to begin the year, but when Smith ultimately got hurt it not only gave Anders Lindback some time in net, but it also allowed Louis Dominque the chance to come up from the AHL.
Domingue proved himself and solidified his spot as the #2 goalie in Arizona's system. But there’s another goalie who could look to have a breakout season in the NHL soon. Enter Adin Hill. Hill, who was drafted in 2015 and comes in on our prospects list at #4, is without a doubt the best Coyotes goalie prospect.
#4 - Adin Hill - Goaltender - Portland Winterhawks - 76th overall pick, 2015 NHL Draft
Highest Rank: 3
Lowest Rank: 10
A mid-round pick, Hill caught the Coyotes’ attention while playing for the Portland Winterhawks. This year he has the ability to play a full season in the AHL in Tucson after joining the Springfield Falcons for a brief stint at the end of the last season. Though there is still the possibility that he goes back for another year in the WHL, Hill is currently expected to back up Justin Peters in Tucson.
Through 65 games, Hill posted a .917 save percentage and 2.96 GAA. Admittedly these numbers aren’t great, but while at prospect camp earlier this summer it was clear that Hill’s skills easily topped those of the other goalies there. He also put on quite the show during the scrimmage game at the end of camp, often looking like a brick wall at times.
Hill certainly doesn’t have the best track record but he is clearly improving as time goes on. With Smith signed to a contract for the next three seasons that might just give Hill enough time to mature as a goalie and make the successful, if not astounding, jump from the AHL to the NHL that fans saw Domingue make this past season.
Dissenting Opinion - Brendan Porter - Ranked #10
The traditional axiom is that "goalies are voodoo". I don't think there's a position that lends itself to more uncertainty and more disagreement about future success than the goaltending position. Arizona used a 1st round selection on a goalie who ended up recording three seasons of junior hockey with a .911 save percentage or better. That player - Mark Visentin - is now #4 on the Nashville Predators' depth chart, behind Pekka Rinne, Carter Hutton, and Juuse Saros.
When I look at Arizona's best prospects, I'm looking for people who are both talented and stand the best shot of sticking in the NHL for a long time. I am pretty bullish about the ability of guys like Christian Fischer, Ryan MacInnis, and Anton Karlsson to find homes, even if their talent ceilings are different.
Thus far the best full season of junior hockey among anybody in Arizona's system belongs to Erik Kallgren. That isn't to say Kallgren should have been ranked higher than Hill, or that Hill can't be a very good goaltender in the future. I still think he's a Top 10 prospect in Arizona's system, and a #2 role in Tucson will do wonders for his development.
But I don't think he a top five player in Arizona's system. At least not yet.