Penguins not signing 2016 3rd round pick Connor Hall

According to Jonathan Bombulie of TribLive, the Penguins will not be offering an entry level contract to 2016 3rd round (77th overall) pick Connor Hall.

If you have kept up with Hall’s development, this is not a surprising turn of events. Drafted after only playing half a season for Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, Hall only managed to appear in 17 games in 2016-17 due to shoulder surgery as well as a broken jaw. Hall then had his 2017-2018 season ended early due to another shoulder surgery, this time it occurring prior to the playoffs.

Hall was drafted as a throwback D who had enough puck moving ability to get by, and looked very strong in his first rookie camp. However, his shoulder surgeries have made it so Hall’s pro prospect look so dismal that the Penguins have opted not to extend a contract offer to him. Hall will now re-enter the draft, where it is unlikely he is going to be selected for a 2nd time. If this occurs, do not be surprised to see the Penguins extend an AHL contract to Hall.

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