Thursday, December 19, 2019

Reds Add Former NHL Draft Pick

The defending University Cup champion University of New Brunswick Reds have bolstered their blueline for the stretch run as it was announced today that defenceman Connor Hall - a 2016 3rd round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins - will join the team ahead of the second half of the season.

Although he has never been a big point producer (3 goals and 20 assists during parts of five OHL seasons, all with the Kitchener Rangers) and has battled shoulder issues throughout his career, which limited him to only 115 regular season games in his junior career, including just four last season, the Cambridge, Ontario native will be a welcome addition as he brings some much-needed size (6'2", 203 pounds) and snarl to the Reds and will be looked upon to provide solid defensive play and penalty killing.

According to his 2016 NHL Draft Profile, Hall "likes to use his size and strength to play a nasty, physical game...he punishes forwards, especially along the boards...he makes life difficult for the opposition" and he "excels as a shutdown defender that is especially strong one-on-one. He maintains good gaps, and has a strong, active stick. He's got an excellent poke check".

The addition of Hall brings the Reds roster to twenty skaters, which still leaves them plenty of flexibility with regards to the 22 skater limit should more opportunities present themselves in the coming weeks.

Fans will get their first chance to see Hall on Sunday, December 29th when the Reds welcome the OUA's Windsor Lancers to the AUC for the 15th annual Pete Kelly Cup. Game time is 4PM.