25-year-old former Swedish defenseman Patrik Hall never made his way to North America to play hockey.
Now, though, the Florida Panthers of the NHL’s Atlantic Division have brought him over in a front office role.
It was reported via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon that Hall, who has served as a scout for the SHL’s Växjö Lakers HC for the last three seasons, will join the Panthers now as a scout in their system, instead.
He’ll be their Swedish-based scout; although the team didn’t specify whether he’ll work in their amateur or professional department, it’s possible he could do scouting work in both areas.
After playing his junior hockey for Mariestad BoIS in their J18 and J20 teams, Hall briefly played pro hockey in Sweden at the DII and DIII level, skating with HC Lidköping on loan for two games during the 2008-09 season and skating out with Töreboda HF during the 2011-12 season. He is officially listed as retired, which presumably happened in 2012.
For the Panthers, this adds young scouting blood into their recently-overhauled system, which keeps with the direction the club seems to be heading in. The question, of course, is whether or not he’ll be with Florida in a full-time capacity, or if he’ll keep working for the Lakers as well; according to Elite Prospects, he’s still listed as a scout for the SHL club for the 2016-17 season.