SCSU rookie Barrett Hall taken in sixth round of NHL Draft by Seattle Kraken – The Rink Live
Barrett Hall is at least a year away from playing for St. Cloud State, but he was selected in the sixth round of the NHL Draft (164th overall) by the Seattle Kraken on Friday, July 8.
Hall was watching the draft with his parents when his name was called.
“It’s surreal,” Hall said. “It’s a dream come true, what I’ve been working on all my life. But the work has only just begun now. As cool as it is, I have to keep working and I’m ready for it. I’m excited put in the grind and work towards it.”
Hall, a 6-foot, 170-pound 18-year-old from Apple Valley, played for Gentry Academy and then finished the North American Hockey League season with the Minnesota Wilderness.
He said he had interviews with four NHL teams before the draft, including the Kraken, although he was not listed in NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of the top 250 players. North America.
“I kind of flew under the radar a bit and I like that,” Hall said. “I had great conversations and great interviews with Seattle in particular. I felt like I was (drafted) and couldn’t be happier to be with the organization.”
With Gentry, he had 25 goals and 55 points in 25 games. With the Wilderness, Hall has six goals, 25 points and a plus-7 rating in 28 games.
“The biggest thing for him is his intelligence, his hockey sense, his hockey IQ,” Minnesota Wilderness head coach/general manager Dave Boitz said in June after Hall committed to the state. of St. Cloud. “There’s been hardly any adjustment period for him, which is really unusual for a kid coming out of high school. Some guys, you think they’re going to be obvious (with the adjustment) and he takes time to adapt because the game happens to them faster and the brain has to react faster.
“Barrett is such a cerebral player that he made that adjustment immediately. He can do anything. He has a really good stick, he can handle the puck, he can shoot it, he’s a good skater. a mountain biker (competitive ) and he was really into it. You can see that tenacity when he’s playing (hockey). He’s going to get where he needs to go and he’s going to win that puck battle.
After the season, Hall was taken to the Phase II of the Tier I United States Hockey League Draft (third overall) by the Green Bay Gamblers.
Hall said he skated and trained this summer at Gentry and was trying to get bigger and faster.
Hall is the second St. Cloud State rookie to be selected in the 2022 draft. Forward Adam Ingram was selected in the third round by the Nashville Predators. Ingram will be a first-year forward for the Huskies this fall.