Analysis on Hall Re-Signing
With re-signing, Lightning shore up penalty kill and retain best faceoff man
The Bolts knocked another one of their upcoming free agents off the board with the re-signing of Adam Hall.
Hall was an absolute nightmare for the opposition in the face-off circle this year, winning 59.5% of his 464 draws taken this past season.
Hall had limited time with the squad this year due to upper body injuries that kept him out of action for 21 games, nine of which were during the late March playoff push.
Despite the setbacks during the season, Hall is looking forward to preparing for the upcoming 2012-2013 season with the Lightning.
At the start of the 2011-2012 campaign, Steve Yzerman referred to Hall as "effective" and said of Hall, "There is an opportunity for him here."
Indeed there was an opportunity for Hall, proving that he could win battles on the boards and play with the gritty style of hockey that coach Guy Boucher preaches.
Hall often played on the third and fourth lines, he was a staple of the penalty-kill and showcased his ability as a strong defensive forward.
"No question. (Hall) and Nate Thompson, that line, they usually play against the top lines every night," said Lightning assistant coach Wayne Flemming, "When trying to protect a lead, Adam's going to be out there. He's also got great leadership qualities and really demonstrates that with the team."
One of the key aspects that the Bolts hope Hall brings back next season is his killer-instinct in the face-off circle.
Although he doesn't take 1000+ draws in a season like teammates Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier, he still wins them whenever he's in the circle. It's the little things such as face-offs and special teams that the Lightning are in desperate need to improve on. Hall brings both impressive face-off ability along with his forceful play on the penalty-kill.
After he left the team with injuries in March, the Lightning's penalty-killing went from being top 6 in the league to 26th by the conclusion of 2011-2012 season.
With the re-signing of Adam Hall, as well as the recently-announced re-signing of forward J.T. Wyman, the Bolts are bringing back vital role players who will prove crucial in the hunt for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.