The Arizona Coyotes of 2015 were a very different team. They just finished one of the worst seasons in modern NHL history and there were a lot of questions about their lineup. The previous season Mike Smith was their starting goaltender with Devan Dubnyk, Louis Domingue, and Mike McKenna serving as backups. The team had questions about future goaltending, and in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, they drafted goaltender Adin Hill.
19/20 League: NHL (Arizona Coyotes) / AHL (Tucson Roadrunners)
Games played: 13/20
Goals against average: 2.62/2.40
Save percentage: .918/.918
Highest rating: 10
Lowest rating: 10
With both Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper missing time with injuries this past season Hill had another opportunity to get some games in the NHL. For the second straight season, he played in 13 games for the Coyotes and he finished with a career-high .918 save percentage.
When Hill wasn’t with the Coyotes he was down in Tucson also having a great season. He also had a .918 save percentage in the AHL, another career-high. With more time in the NHL, he was limited to just 20 games with the Roadrunners.
There are questions about the Coyotes’ goaltending moving forward. During the offseason, there were rumors that the team was potentially going to trade Darcy Kuemper, which would mean Hill getting more games. Even if the team doesn’t trade one of their goaltenders it is the last year of Antti Raanta’s contract, which would also translate to Hill getting more games.
Barring a midseason trade, Hill likely has another season as the Roadrunners’ starter and as an injury callup. He has the perfect opportunity to prove that he is ready for a bigger role as one becomes available.