The 2010 All-Time Free Agency Thread (The Undrafteds)
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12-16-2010, 12:44 AM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Regina, SK
With the #37 pick in A2010, The Wascana View Millionaires are pleased to select:
Hal Gill, D
Gill's size (6'7, 241 lbs) is his most attractive asset, but not because it makes him intimidating. Gill is "fake tough" and doesn't really scare anyone. He's never been a very physical player and his fights are jokes. With all that said, he has proven to be a very effective penalty killer, shot blocker, and someone who can shut down a star player over the course of a playoff series. Thanks to those assets, he has contributed to three significant playoff runs in the last three seasons:
2008: #4 in playoff icetime on the cup finalist Penguins
2009: #4 for cup winning Pens
2010: #4 for surprising conference finalist Canadiens
Gill has now played in 949 NHL games, and though he isn't much more than nondescript at even strength and a non-factor offensively, he is a true PK specialist, having killed 51% of his team's penalties in his career with that albatross wingspan of his. There is simply no one with a record like this available on defense.
He's not without his other redeeming qualities, however: he does have a career adjusted +/- of +13, and in 2002, he was #2 in icetime for a 101-point, conference-leading Bruins squad.
Originally Posted by
Hockey Scouting Report 2003
Gill is a defenseman who can be used in any game situation. He is at his best under pressure, poised and calm with the puck, and he is a better outlet passer now than ever. Gill does not panic easily... he makes the first pass on the breakout or gets the puck and moves it out of the zone... he does possess a huge shot from the point, but his lack of mobility makes it less effective as a scoring weapon... his only drawback is his skating.... every other facet of his game is Grade A.... competes hard every night. He's not intimidated by the league's tough customers and is one of the few in the league who can stay on his feet after a hit by someone like Bobby Holik... solid and imposing, and can intimidate with his size. He is strong on the boards, in the corners, and he clears the front of the net... he doesn't fight... Jaromir Jagr called Gill the toughest player he plays against.
Originally Posted by
Hockey Prospectus 2010-11
Hal Gill was the shot blocking leader on the best shot blocking team in the 2010 playoffs. Montreal blocked nearly 39% of the shots directed at their net in the postseason, tops in the league. And although Pronger had more total blocks, his 3.1 blocks-per-game average falls far short of Gill's 3.8. Of course, Gill needs this talent in order to play in the NHL. He has no speed to speak of and he doesn't use his big body to deliver crushing bodychecks (the value of which would be debatable anyway) - but he gets his stick and his body in front of a great deal of shots, and can frustrate the heck out of the opposition's big stars, like he did with Ovechkin and Crosby.
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