( Photo Credit: Nina Lindberg / Muscosportsphotos.com )

By Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512

It appears that Boston Bruins prospect Curtis Hall has signed an entry-level contract with the club, as reported by Mark Divver on Twitter. This news comes less than two weeks before the American Hockey League is scheduled to begin playing the postponed 2020-21 season on February 5th.

Hall, a center who stands at six feet and three inches tall, has played two seasons in the NCAA for the Yale Bulldogs. He recorded 22 goals and 16 assists during his time at Yale and especially impressed fans during his sophomore season. However, with the Ivy League canceling winter sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hall could not play out his junior season. An ELC means that he will be able to play competitive hockey for a Bruins minor-pro affiliate, most likely the Providence Bruins.

Hall was drafted in the fourth round, 119th overall, by the Bruins in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Before playing for Yale, he was with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. He also appeared for Team USA in the 2020 World Junior Championships tournament, scoring one goal in five games.

Even before Boston drafted him, Hall had a connection to the Bruins organization. His father, Mike Hall, played for Providence in the 2000-01 season. The senior Hall put up three goals and five assists in 18 games. He was coached by current Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong.

With many developmental leagues and certain NCAA divisions not participating in the 2020-21 season, many prospects have limited options. Able to secure a contract with Boston, Hall will benefit greatly from some experience at the professional level for the first time, even if it comes earlier than expected. The Providence Bruins are set to begin their season Friday, February 5th, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.