After the Bruins selected defenseman Axel Anderson in the second round of the 2018 NHL entry draft they were off and running. A good majority of fans lost interest as they had finally made their first pick after not making a selection in the first round because that pick was part of the trade that brought Rick Nash to Boston. But there was a diamond in the rough still to be had for the Bruins.
The Bruins selected Curtis Hall in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL entry draft. At the time the 18 year old forward was coming off of a pretty good year with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. In his second season in Youngstown he managed to almost double his goal totals in five less games. He also managed to total ten more points.
After being drafted by the Bruins he embarked on his first season at Yale University. There he was fifth on the team in goals and tenth in points. Pretty impressive for a freshman. To gather the 11 points that he potted he was only able to play in 24 games as he was still only a freshman. So far in 24 games this season he has tripled his goal total, nearly doubled his assist total, and more than doubled his total points. With the end of the season near, Hall has certainly improved not only as a goal scorer, but as a hockey player in general. He has already surpassed last season, which is a great sign if you're Don Sweeney and company.
What does he bring to the table?
Curtis Hall absolutely has the potential to be a goal scorer for the Boston Bruins someday. His offensive skills are certainly the highlight of his game, but be has speed and size that could make him a potential nightmare for opposing teams. His big body could also help him be a net front presence as he also has quick hands that can help him deflect the puck.
His combination of scoring ability, size, and speed should set him on a pretty good path to be a top six two way forward. Get him on a line with some speedy line mates and he'll be an absolute nightmare for opposing teams anywhere on the ice.
With the Bruins addition of Ondrej Case, the right side of David Krejci's line might be filled for the near future. Being the biggest hole and biggest opportunity for a Boston organizational newcomer to make an impact, players scratching for an opportunity in the big leagues will have to do it the old fashioned way: Coming into a new season and earning a spot in training camp. The NHL level is at least two years out for Hall, but with so many pending free agents, and so much unproven talent in Providence, if Hall chooses to forgo his senior season at Yale he should be able to squeeze in and make a bottom six role in Providence next season if he plays his cards right.
Credit to blackngoldhockey.com for the featured photo.