Brett Hextall
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Brett Hextall

Hometown:

Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-04-02

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

6th round (159th overall), 2008

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Brett Hextall played his second season in the BCHL with the Penticton Vees. Lead the team in scoring with 72 points (24 goals, 48 assists) in 54 games. During the postseason, Hextall also helped lead the Vees to a league championship. The team would move on to the Canadian Junior A Hockey League National Championship against the Camrose Kodiaks. After going head-to-head with the Kodiaks, the Vees lost their bid for the Doyle Cup.

2008-09: In his freshman season with North Dakota, Hextall posted 12 goals and 14 assists through 42 games.

2009-10: in his sophomore season, Hextall posted 14 goals, 12 assists through 34 games.

2010-11: Hextall signed an entry-level, two-year contract with the Coyotes in April 2011 following his junior season at the University of North Dakota. Hextall was a key two-way forward on a team with several outstanding offensive players and was a career-best +24 with 13 goals and 16 assists. He was third on the Fighting Sioux with 63 PMs. North Dakota was the top team in the country for much of the season, winning the WCHA regular season and playoff titles and reaching the Frozen Four after capturing the NCAA Midwest regional.

2011-12: Hextall skated in 72 games for Coyotes AHL affiliate Portland in his first pro season. Playing mostly a two-way role for the Pirates, he scored 7 goals with 8 assists and was plus-two with 59 penalty minutes. Portland finished third in the Atlantic Division; missing the playoffs by two points.

2012-13: Hextall skated for the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in Portland in his second pro season. He played mostly a lower line role, providing feistiness and supplementary scoring, and was -7 with 9 goals, 6 assists and 79 penalty minutes in 66 games. The Pirates finished second in the Atlantic Division and were swept by Eastern Conference champion Syracuse in the first round; suffering two of the three losses in overtime. Hextall had no points and was an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes in the series. He was re-signed by the Coyotes to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

A hard-working and tenacious winger with speed and quickness, Hextall is the type of player who never takes a shift off. Despite his smallish frame he is absolutely fearless and will hit anything in sight, but still has a good understanding of when and where on the ice he should be physical.

 

Future

At 25 years old, it is make or break time for Hextall. While his last two seasons in the AHL have not been disappointments whatsoever, he is to a point now where he is going to have to do something more to increase his value and utility in the system.

 

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