Erik Karlsson is out until about mid-March.
In this week’s episode, Sheng and I chat about how the San Jose Sharks are going to adapt moving forward in their push for the playoffs.
We also got a chance to sit down with Adin Hill and really get to know the Sharks’ new netminder. Did you know he’s a bit of a painter?
So why did Bob Boughner scratch Ryan Merkley versus the Capitals (8:50)?
This Sharks team has its shortcomings as far as offensive production goes. Will Boughner double-down on his defense-first mentality with one of his best offensive pieces missing (15:20)?
So what’s Merkley’s path going forward (22:50)?
After our Sharks’ talk, we talked shop with Adin Hill (33:53).
It turns out that Adin is a bit of an abstract artist. His inspiration? Well, wine of course (34:50). Hill shared some of his paintings:
Hill actually grew up playing forward (36:21). He’s also had the same goaltending coach, Justin Cardinal, since he was 10 years old. What sort of impact has Justin had on Adin (37:30)?
Also, Adin Hill is not 6-foot-6 – Hill clarifies his actual height here (39:00).
Then, Adin shares a funny story from his childhood involving his collection of McFarlane Toys (41:43). Hill was a big collector.
Most hockey players take a pre-game nap, but not Hill. Who else on the Sharks don’t take pre-game naps (47:10)?
What sort of unique nicknames has Hill picked up during his hockey career (49:20)? He has one that only Lane Pederson and Nick Merkley call him.
So Hill’s childhood friends used to call him General Grievous – yes, that General Grievous from “Star Wars” – why is that?
Hill grew up a Vancouver Canucks fan and talks about meeting his hero Roberto Luongo at the most recent World Championships. He swears that he wasn’t in Vancouver during the post-2011 Stanley Cup Final riot.
Which San Jose Sharks player does Adin Hill hate practicing against the most (1:02:40)?
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